Every year, members of the Cape Elizabeth seventh-grade girls basketball travel team participate in a community service project. This year, their effort involved nets – but ones far different from basketball nets.

Coach Tom Kohan suggested the Nothing But Nets campaign, which helps prevent malaria in African countries. The campaign raises money to purchase insecticide-treated bed nets that can reduce transmission of the disease by 90 percent. Each net costs $10, and can last a family up to four years.

Through a bake sale held at the IGA on Saturday, the basketball team raised enough money to purchase 19 nets.

“They took it all on their own, and they ran with it,” said coach Bob Cogan. “I’m real proud of what they did.”

For more information on the campaign visit www.nothingbutnets.net.

The Cape Elizabeth seventh grade girls traveling basketball team holds a bake sale at IGA in Cape Elizabeth to raise money to prevent Malaria in Africa. Front Row (l to r): Ali Johnson and Sarah Gleeson; Back Row: Caroline Kelly, Lexi Cantara, Maria Morris, Kayla Raftice, Summer Pillsbury, Sasha Kohan and Shelby Cogan.

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