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Spread the Net against malaria

Each year, malaria kills an estimated 584,000 people, and it remains the leading cause of death of children under 5 in Africa.

Since 2007, Spread the Net has protected the lives of more than 9.6 million people including children and pregnant women and delivering over 5.4 million malaria-preventing bed nets to families in Africa.

Spread the Net Student Challenge

Join the global movement to end malaria and participate in the Challenge!

Co-founded by Rick Mercer and Belinda Stronach in 2006, the Spread the Net Student Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian schools to raise funds for bed nets. The top fundraising elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools receive a visit from Rick mercer himself and appear on an episode of the Rick Mercer Report!

Are you ready for the Challenge?

Important Dates:

Fundraising submission deadline: Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Rick Mercer Report featuring the school winners will air: Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Sign your school up for the challenge

Hear from Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer challenges you to unite your school in the global fight against malaria in this Rick Mercer Report segment.

2015 Student Challenge winners

Kew Beach Junior Public School, Toronto, raised $7,976
John F. Ross Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Guelph, raised $41,218
Algonquin College, Ottawa, raised $13,400

Other ways to join the global fight against malaria

Bed nets: The solution

Insecticide-treated bed nets are one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent the transmission of malaria.

  • One bed net can protect 2 people for up to 3 years.
  • Thousands of lives could be saved every year if all children under the age of 5 in Africa slept under a bed net.

Download our malaria educational resource for teachers - complete with lesson plan suggestions!



Malaria was eradicated in Canada over 50 years ago.

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