What BUGS Me!


Mosquitos are an inconvenience to many people. They are “bugs” that can be a nuisance in many different ways, especially during the summer months in Northern Ontario communities. But, imagine fearing a mosquito. Imagine worrying about contracting a potentially life threatening illness after being bitten by one. This is not a reality for most people living within the Sault Ste. Marie, and the surrounding area. It is a reality, however, for many people living within countries that are occupied by mosquitos carrying viruses such as Malaria and Zika.

Both viruses are public health problems that can be prevented, if not, at least reduced in prevalence. The Red Cross created the mosquito net program for that purpose. Mosquito nets are mainly distributed to impoverished populations of people that are unable to protect themselves from virus-carrying mosquitos. It is therefore essential for the Red Cross to purchase enough mosquito nets in order to protect the unique individuals, families, and cultures that are impacted by Malaria or Zika within a given country.

Consequently, Sault Rotaract – a group of young professionals dedicated to promoting the health of people throughout Sault Ste. Marie and the international community – is organizing a fundraiser that has been designed to support the Red Cross’s mosquito net program. The fundraiser will be a speaker series known as “What Bugs Me” and it will and it will feature leaders of the Sault Ste. Marie community, such as George Wright and Councillor Ross Romano. For approximately 15 minutes, speakers will talk about social issues that bug them.

This speaker series will take place on Tuesday October 18th, and doors open at 5:30pm. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm at the Grand Gardens North (1324 Great Northern Road). Tickets are $25 per person and they are available at the downtown Rotary club office (364 Queen St. East) or from a member of Sault Rotaract. Note that by purchasing a ticket, you will have an opportunity to learn from and network with prominent leaders within the community. You will also be provided with an excellent meal, a chance to win various door prizes, and the knowledge that you have contributed to protecting the health of vulnerable people who are living within a country that is experiencing an epidemic defined by Malaria or Zika.