If you’ve ever spontaneously jumped into a pool, ocean, or lake, clothes and all, you must remember the adrenaline, the laughs, and the memories made in that split second of boldness. Thanks to Marlaine Paulsen Cover, women in Oceanside can show their boldness and their hearts by joining in on the Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim 2014.
Cover began the annual event as a local fundraiser that gives 100% of donations to the Against Malaria Foundation, an organization that encourages swim events to raise funds to buy mosquito nets. After six years, the event still takes place every year, and Cover continues to attend, despite her moving to Oregon in the meantime.
Thanks in part to grassroots efforts like Cover’s, the Against Malaria Foundation has raised about $23 million and handed out nearly 7 million bed nets in the last eleven years.
A fancy what?
A Fancy Dress Swim. It’s just what it sounds like! Women get dolled up in a dress to take a quick dip into the Pacific at Oceanside Pier.
What’s the point?
The Sixth Annual Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim is a fundraiser for the Against Malaria Foundation. Just a $4 donation buys a simple, treated mosquito net for the bed that helps prevent deaths from malaria, a disease that kills more than 3,000 every day.
Some facts about Malaria:
- * Malaria kills more than one million people every year
- * 70% of malaria deaths are children under the age of 5
- * Malaria is the world’s single largest killer of pregnant women
- * 90% of malaria deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa
- * Sleeping under a mosquito net is the most effective way to prevent malaria
Join fun women and moms at Oceanside Pier on Sunday, May 11th, at 9 a.m. for photos. Take a dip in the ocean, and you’ll be heading home by 10:15!
Every $4 raised buys an insecticide-treated mosquito net and spares other moms around the world the agony of losing their children to malaria. For more information, visit the Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim page on the Against Malaria Foundation website.
If you are a crazy, funky, cool woman (or know someone who is), come out to Oceanside Pier in your fancy dress and get ready to have fun and make a difference!