Friday, April 25, 2008

World Malaria Day and A Swedish American in Sweden Wins an Award

Two things today. First it’s World Malaria Day. As I have written before I am a sucker for a good cause. I suppose there are worse things to be a sucker for.

One of my favorite is
Nothing But Nets. A charity that donates mosquito nets to combat malaria. I blame Rick Reilly, formerly of Sports Illustrated, for my involvement in this. He wrote the following articles: the first - a call to action, the second - a thank you. He tends to be a bit more eloquent and convincing than I could ever hope to be. So read the articles. Then donate some money. It’s only 10 dollars. And you could possibly save a life. I’m not going to lie and say it guarantees a life saved but it sure as hell helps.

Along those same lines, one of my faithful readers e-mailed me and pointed out that Nothing But Nets, in honor of World Malaria Day, has a
game you can play that will help to donate a net. This game is good through today and up to $200,000 worth of nets to be delivered. Hopefully the contest will be closed by the time you click this because that means simply that the sponsor behind this game has already donated $200,000.

If it is consider dropping the $10 to buy a net. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation even matches your donation. So for $10 you are helping send two nets to Africa. And for all of you worried about the overhead most charities suffer from, 100% of the donation goes to the nets. Here are all kinds of
FAQ from Nothing But Nets.

So click on one of those links and give a little money. It’s even tax deductible. Probably since they are a registered US public charity… but I’m no accountant. Skip your Starbucks for two days and donate some money. Coffee is gross anyway.

And finally, this blog won an award for blog of the day at Which I think is pretty cool. Not really sure how it happened but I’ll take it. So check out and the other blogs they have for your enjoyment. They even gave me this cool picture to display, which of course I will:

Welcome to Sweden.


  1. Hej!
    Ville bara säga att jag, precis som fuelmyblog, gillar din blog!
    Det är väldigt intressant att höra saker som händer här utifrån ett annat perspektiv än oss som inte vet annat än att bo i Sverige!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Someone gave you an award? Are they crazy??? Hahaha JK my dear, you deserve it. Congrats!

  3. @ anonymous - tack tack. det uppskattas.

    @chase - a little bit probably.

  4. Blog of the Day!!!
    Does that mean that you are now in the BIG LEAGUE?

  5. no I think I just apealed to the one decision making person. but Ill take it.