Getting to know Third Day on World Malaria Day
Mark Lee, Christina Howell, Mac Powell, Kristi Wooten, Tai Anderson * ©2010 Widescreen Video Productions / Kaitlyn Pack
In partnership with Marietta First Baptist Church and ONE, my organization Sustenance Group worked to raise nearly $9000 for Malaria No More and Nothing But Nets in honor of World Malaria Day on April 25 (thanks in part to a generous matching gift from the Tony Blair Faith Foundation). Third Day and Scott England performed, former NBA star Ivano Newbill played basketball with the kids, and Paul Howell from the CDC brought more than 500 mosquitoes to demonstrate the number of infectious bites a child can receive in one year if not protected by a bed net. Mayor Steve Tumlin even declared Marietta a City of ONE. Third Day’s Tai Anderson wrote an eloquent piece for the ONE blog, and Nancy Bauer followed up with a post-event blog piece, as well. (Video coming soon!)
I loved working with Third Day – they are smart guys with their hearts in the right place! I had been very impressed when I saw them perform live at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame awards last fall, so this very intimate acoustic performance for World Malaria Day was just a joy. I am thankful to them for accepting my invitation to participate and hope we can work together in the future!