Columbus FUMC had a ‘Smashing’ good time at Fall Festival

img_0726-1In just two hours last Sunday, Columbus residents got out a little frustration while helping raise money for a good cause.

Elizabeth Swartz of First UMC Columbus said at the Annual Fall Festival, held Sunday, Oct. 30, enough money was raised in two hours to buy 16 mosquito nets for the Imagine No Malaria campaign.

The “Smash Malaria” car was covered  with pictures of mosquitoes. Participants were charged $1 for three “smashes” at the car. All proceeds will go to the No More Malaria Campaign. They also distributed Imagine No Malaria offering boxes, information sheets and return labels for the offering.

img_0722Each mosquito net costs $10 and can save one life, as part of the No More Malaria Campaign. Mississippi Bishop James Swanson has set a goal for the Mississippi Conference Mission Focus to provide 100,000 mosquito nets for Imagine No Malaria by the 2017 annual conference.

Research says that in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a child every two minutes. The campaign says, “by improving the ways people fight the disease using bed nets, providing access to diagnostic tests and medicine, draining standing water and improving sanitation, Imagine No Malaria has already helped reduce malaria deaths by more than half. Imagine No Malaria combines integrated health infrastructure, education and advocacy to address death and the debilitating effects of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.”

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For more information or resources, go to

See the challenge video produced by Columbus First UMC on the Facebook group page or use the dropbox link for iPhone or iPad, you will need to use this link on a Mac or PC to download files:;fd135qbfu/AAD19wJhF4jFay6ZmkShDWUra/INM?dl+0.



See this story in the November 6, 2016 edition of The Starkville District Newsletter at 11-4-16-newsletter

See this story in the November 9, 2016 edition of  The Circuit Rider at

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