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‘End Malaria’: Introducing the $20 Book That Saves Lives and Inspires

That $20 bill in your pocket could simultaneously save people’s lives and fuel your inspiration for the foreseeable future. All you have to do is click your mouse a few times and order End Malaria, a new book with one powerful purpose: to raise money for mosquito nets in Africa to reduce the number of malaria-related deaths.

Why am I telling you this? What made me decide to deviate from the normal subject matter we post on the QLP Blog? I’m telling you this because you have a chance to make a big difference. All of us do.

You may not know this, but 781,000 people die of malaria every year. And the most shocking part? 85% of those deaths occur in children under five years old. That means a child dies of malaria approximately every 45 seconds! Visit Malaria No More for even more shocking statistics.

For a mere $20, you could own a Kindle version of End Malaria (it’s $25 for a print copy). Its 240 pages are filled with inspirational essays and bite-sized insights from 62 of the most creative thinkers of our time, including Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Scott Stratten. The best part? Your $20 will go directly to Malaria No More, an internal advocacy organization working to end malaria deaths by the year 2015. Watch the official video for the full scoop:

According to CNN Money, Americans spend thousands of dollars on indulgent things each year. Many spend $10 to $20 on lottery tickets each week. Others spend $5 in fees every time they withdraw cash from a bank ATM. If you’re a daily visitor of Starbucks, then you spend about $80 a month ($1,000 a year) on gourmet coffee. Here’s an appropriate excerpt from CNN’s article:

“It amazes me that when someone asks you for a $20 donation to charity, you think that’s too much to give, but then you don’t think twice about dropping 100 bucks on dinner,” said Tom Orecchio of Modera Wealth Management.

Orecchio said one of his clients used to grab lunch from delis every workday, spending $10 to $15 each time. When he realized how much the habit was costing him, he began brown-bagging his lunches, and ended up saving more than $2,500 a year.

Pretty unbelievable, right? That’s a lot of cash spent on extras each year. We all deserve to treat ourselves, and it’s not my intention to get preachy or to belittle indulgences. However, shouldn’t we also treat others once in awhile? I can’t think of a better way to treat someone then by potentially saving his or her life! If you’re able to part with one of your $20 bills, then you will not only receive a spectacular book but you’ll also make a huge difference in the world. (Feeling ambitious? Take care of the bookworms on your Christmas list by getting them each a copy of the book!)

Visit Amazon to buy a copy of End Malaria. If you’re just not interested in reading but you’d still like to help the cause, then you can click here to donate directly to Malaria No More.

Have you heard of End Malaria and Malaria No More? What do you think of this initiative? As always, thank you for reading!

 Image credit to MalariaNoMore.org. Copyright 2011 Malaria No More.


Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.

Comments

  1. Bret Bonnet

    Great post Jill!

    Quality Logo Products just made a donation of behalf of ALL QLP employees in the amount of $100.00 to this great cause.

    Thanks for sharing this info.

    People’s priorities in life scare me sometimes (and I’m just as guilty as the next guy). God help us all!

    • Jill Tooley

      That’s so amazing, Bret! Thanks so much for doing that! :D

      I’m glad you liked the post. I can’t wait to get my book in the mail (no fancy Kindle for me, so I opted for a print edition). I’ll be sure to share some of those inspirational thoughts with you!

      • Cybernetic SAM

        Woooo!!!! GO QLP!!!!

    • Amanda

      Wow Bret! What a great thing to do! Thank you! =)

  2. Cybernetic SAM

    Like what Bret said: priorities. I try and donate to worthy causes when I have spare money (which I know drives my significant other nuts!) I just wish I could donate more, and more often than I do. No one questions throwing down 2-3 hundred bucks at an average clothing store, but when asked to throw some money to build a well, pay for school, or help medicate, clothe or feed someone in need, suddenly we act helpless and push it out of sight and out of mind. It’s just sad; if the tables were turned, we would wonder why the rest of the world isn’t helping us! Great post, thanks for bringing it to everyone’s attention!

    • Jill Tooley

      I could donate my entire salary to charity and still feel like I should have given more. The best we can do is give what we can! Everything makes a difference. I cringed when I read some of the statistics in this post – some people spend $1,000 a year on fancy lattes? That’s crazy! It doesn’t seem like much to spend $3-4 on coffee every morning, but man does that add up over time.This guilt is compounded by the fact that there are people in Africa who can’t even afford mosquito netting, let alone the luxuries that many of us are accustomed to…it makes me want to cry! But again, we can only do so much. That’s why I was so impressed with this particular initiative, because it’s an easy way to inspire goodwill in people.

      Thanks for your great comment! :)

    • amy

      I know you bolded this for emphasis Jill, but even without the extra addition it still strikes me, “However, shouldn’t we also treat others once in awhile? I can’t think of a better way to treat someone then by potentially saving his or her life!” The fact that we even need to think about that for two second makes really makes me wonder about some people’s priorities. Great post! Thank you for bringing this unique money-raising technique to my attention!

      • Jill Tooley

        Aw, thank you! I actually came thisclose to striking out that line, but now I’m glad I didn’t. There’s NOTHING wrong with indulging or getting a little frivolous now and then, but I’d feel horribly guilty if I didn’t contribute to charities as well. Some people out there don’t even have clean water, let alone extra money for an elaborate coffee drink. It breaks my heart. And yes, I’m one of those people who tears up every time that Sarah McLachlan commercial for the animals comes on TV!

        Thanks for your comment!

  3. Joseph Giorgi

    781,000 die every year? 85% of them children? That’s saddening to say the least. Hopefully “End Malaria” hits the bestseller list sooner rather than later.

    And you’re so right: people who willingly fork over 3 to 4 dollars a day at Starbucks only to turn around and scoff at the notion of making a charitable donation need a reality check — badly.

    • Jill Tooley

      Horrifying stats, right? I’m ashamed to say that until a week ago, I wasn’t 100% aware of how prominent malaria still is in Africa. That’s why this initiative struck such a chord with me. Surely I wasn’t the only one out there who was ignorant on the subject!

      Of course, not trying to infer that everyone who spends that amount on Starbucks would scoff at donations. But it’s crazy to think about how much we actually spend on utter junk when other people are suffering. We could all use reality checks now and then.

  4. Jen

    Most people only donate money to charities if they get something in return. It’s sad. I need to donate more, and maybe I can start with this charity. I can just skip going out to dinner this week. No big deal. :) Great post Jill!

    • Jill Tooley

      Thanks, Jen! Many people think of charity donations that way – you’re so right. This initiative covers both bases, though, because donors actually will get something tangible in exchange for their contributions! I gave up my dining out experience this week to buy a copy of this book, and it was so worth it. Can’t wait to start reading it. :D

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