Battle against Malaria

Hot on the heels of the epic FA cup semi-finals, Wembley Stadium was the setting for yet another battle – this time the ongoing battle against Malaria. David Beckham and Andy Murray took centre stage to promote the launch of Malaria No More UK, a not-for-profit organisation committed to ending suffering and death caused by malaria – a preventable disease.
The two stars pitted their tennis and football skills against each other in a unique sporting spectacle. Nothing about this extraordinary day was standard – even the football and tennis nets were replaced with special nets manufactured from blue mosquito netting to highlight the fact that one of the most simple and effective ways of preventing the spread of malaria is through the provision of mosquito nets.
The special nets were provided by leading sports equipment manufacturer Harrod UK Ltd, and the special 63 metre tennis net made from blue mosquito netting has been hailed as ‘the world’s longest tennis net’. Sales & Marketing Director Les Saunders commented “As official goal post and net suppliers to Wembley Stadium we are used to providing top class equipment for the venue. However, this is the first time in the company’s history that we have been asked to make sports nets from mosquito netting! As a company we feel privileged to have been involved with the launch of such a vital charity. The fact that malaria kills so many and yet is totally preventable is something we find hard to imagine in this country. By all doing our bit I truly hope we can see an end to this disease.”
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