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Batavia graduate leads malaria campaign

Nulph helped raise more than $43K with Wartburg Malaria Initiative

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:15 p.m. CDT
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Kelsey Nulph

Batavia High School graduate Kelsey Nulph said she is dedicated to seeing an end to malaria.

Nulph, a 2010 graduate of Batavia High School, started and led the Wartburg College Malaria Initiative, a year-long effort held in cooperation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Malaria Campaign.

Wartburg College is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Students attending some of ELCA’s colleges, universities and campus ministries have surpassed a matching challenge of raising $125,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign by more than $6,000 and counting.

Wartburg College alone raised more than $43,000, which was the highest in the country.

“I’m very, very proud of the Wartburg community,” said Nulph, who graduated from Wartburg in May. “The initiative was both campuswide and communitywide. It was really a community effort. I’m very proud of all that we accomplished.”

The goal of the Wartburg Malaria Initiative was to raise $35,000.

“We had high aspirations from the beginning,” Nulph said. “Wartburg is a school that’s rooted in service and leadership. This was the first student-led initiative that had ever occurred on Wartburg’s campus. It was a pretty big endeavor.”

More than 200 million people worldwide become infected with malaria every year, and more than 600,000 people die, according to the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

The funds that were raised will be used in part to teach people how to protect themselves from the spread of malaria and distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite.

Nulph continues to want to help others. She has accepted a position with the group Save the Children, which promotes itself as the world’s top independent charity for children in need. She accepted the position shortly before graduating from college and moved to Washington, D.C.

“I believe that we can all make a difference in the world,” Nulph said. “We just have to find our niche and use our gifts to the best of our ability in trying to do that.”

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