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Dawes has released its cover of The Waterboys’ classic folk tune “Fisherman’s Blues.” The track is available to fans who donate to the United Nations Foundations’ Nothing But Nets campaign, which aims to save lives from malaria with preventative nets. The promotion will run for 60 days.
Nothing But Nets reports that a child dies of malaria every two minutes, yet it costs only $10 to provide a family with a bed net. After a 2013 trip to Rwanda’s Gihembe Refugee Camp with the organization Nothing But Nets, Dawes was moved to use its music to benefit the cause.
“In Rwanda, we met so many families impacted by malaria,” said Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. “All it takes to protect a child is a simple bed net. Anyone can help us save a life.”
Nothing But Nets aims to help those fleeing the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi and seeking shelter in Rwanda.
“After all refugees have endured and survived, they should not have to fear a mosquito bite,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets. “Dawes has supported our work for many years and we’re grateful for their efforts to help us raise awareness and save lives.”
Click here to donate to the campaign and receive “Fisherman’s Blues.”