Students get baking for Spread the Net

Feb 4th, 2013

Marcia Porter

Bake sale supports Spread the Net
Students get baking for Spread the Net

If you’d like to grab a yummy snack, or win a fabulous prize and support a great cause, be sure to drop by the main lobby of the Health Sciences Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 5for a Spread the Net bake sale.

Memorial’s Spread the Net campaign on the St. John’s Campus was initiated by students in the School of Nursing, but everyone is welcome to contribute to the charity that aims to end malaria in Africa by purchasing anti-malaria mosquito nets for families.

The campaign was launched in late October and recently organizers found out they were in second place among 16 university/college teams in a challenge issued every year by Spread the Net to encourage participation.

The charity was launched a few years ago by Rick Mercer and Belinda Stronach.

“If Memorial wins the challenge, we are supposed to get a visit from Rick Mercer himself!! Now wouldn't that be exciting,” said Sarah Whalen, a fourth-year nursing student who organized the campaign as part of her course work in Dr. Sandra MacDonald’s course on complex care.

“We are a generous community and I’m sure we can do it!”

Along with baked goodies, students will also be selling tickets on a gift card from a well-known restaurant in St. John’s.

It’s the second time in recent years that the Memorial community has taken up the cause to help end malaria deaths. Back in 2008 students at Grenfell Campus raised just over $3,000 for Spread the Net.

Learn more about Spread the Net by going to Help Sarah and her team win the Spread the Net Challenge by making a donation! Contact Sarah at

 You can also make a donation by visiting the team’s page at Spread the Net through







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