Photographer helps raise funds for malaria nets

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A fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Theory to raise money to purchase protective mosquito nets for use in Kenya.

Professional photographer Ted Schiffman of Manchester, who leads photo safaris on the African continent has long run the AAMAKE organization, which stands for Artists & Athletes For Malaria Eradication in Kenya.

Schiffman, who has been capturing the beauty of the African continent for decades, has helped to raise money to purchase thousands of protective treated mosquito nets, which are necessary to combat malaria.

After listening to a speaker at a school event talk about the AAMAKE organization, Schiffman met with Kenya's health minister during a photo safari in 2011.

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He has partnered with Manchester Elementary Middle School, which has been helpful in raising funds through a Nothing but Nets fundraising featuring free-throw shooting competitions.

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Nets can be purchased for as little as $10 each, and Schiffman, with his fundraising helpers in the area have been able to donate thousands of nets over the years.

Funds raised during the sale will help provide nets to several village in Kenya as well as nearby schools, allowing them to sleep without worrying about the malary-carrying mosquitos.

The nets are large enough for two adults, or three children.

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This weekend, Theory, a local clothing store, will help by donating funds from sales to help the organization purchase the treated nets. Schiffman's wife, Susan, works at Theory and they have teamed up for the fundraiser.

The clothing store, Theory, located at 65 Depot St. in Manchester will be donating a percentage of its profit to AAMAKE during the fundraiser Oct. 19.

For more information, log on to www.AAMAKE org or call Schiffman at 802 362-5287.


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