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Apr 24, 2010 12:11 PM by Associated Press

Coloradans join in malaria-fighting efforts

Denver-area churches are launching a campaign to fight malaria. The launch of the Ten Thousand Nets campaign Sunday coincides with World Malaria Day.

Denver Community Church pastor Michael Hidalgo says it's maddening that close to 1 million people die every year from a treatable, preventable disease.

The campaign hopes to collect enough donations to distribute 10,000 bed nets in Africa to protect people from infected mosquitoes.

On Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado College was hosting a workshop to make bracelets that will be sold to raise money for the Against Malaria Foundation.

The anti-poverty group ONE says $10 is enough to buy and distribute an insecticide-treated bed net that lasts up to five years.

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