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Ikamva Labantu’s Seniors Clubs have been working with Relate, a South African not-for-profit social enterprise that creates and sells beaded cause bracelets, for many years. One of the cause bracelets developed by Relate is the signature United Against Malaria (UAM) supporters bracelet, which has become a globally recognised symbol of winning the fight against malaria.
On 25 April, World Malaria Day, our seniors were honoured for the significant role they play in making the bracelets. They joined Kingsley Holgate and Yvonne Chaka Chaka (UAM ambassadors) during a press event hosted by UAM and Relate, as part of an awareness drive to raise funds for life-saving mosquito nets.
Malaria threatens half the world’s population and claims 655 000 lives each year. 90% of those are in Africa, where a child dies from malaria every minute. Yet, malaria can be effectively prevented and treated, and in the last decade alone, global malaria deaths have been reduced by 38%.
The UAM supporters bracelets are a key awareness and fundraising tool to reduce malaria deaths to zero, and since 2010 more than 500,000 have been sold. While beating malaria, the bracelets are also beating poverty. Through Relate’s efforts, the beading of cause bracelets develops skills, creates employment and generates income for the beading groups that make them.
This means that our seniors, who are part of Relate’s beaders network, are provided with work and the materials to make the bracelets, while the money they receive makes a significant difference in supplementing their old age grants. Funds received by the Clubs have also allowed them to have a bit of extra money to improve their meeting spaces, buy meals and pay for transport.
Support the fight against malaria – and Ikamva Labantu seniors – by buying your own United Against Malaria supporters bracelet. In South Africa they are available at all Cape Union Mart stores for R30. If you are based outside South Africa, you can purchase your bracelet online. The income generated from bracelet sales are used to buy more life-saving mosquito nets and to create further opportunities for Relate’s beading groups.