Making a Difference
Giving back is a fundamental part of who Melinda is as an artist.
This fact has inspired members of the Backups to join her in her efforts to improve the lives of children through organizations such as The Boys & Girls Club of America, Ronald McDonald House, and The League, to name a few.
Melinda has given particular emphasis to Malaria No More, which she first became aware of during her participation in Idol Gives Back. She was shocked to learn that more than 1 million children under the age of five die every year from malaria. After traveling to Africa with former First Lady Laura Bush and seeing the work of Malaria No More first hand, she vowed to continue working with them in their fight to eradicate the preventable disease.
**Just $10 can save the lives of 3-5 children, covering the cost of a large bed net treated with insecticide, delivery of the net to infested areas and education on its proper use. **
While Melinda works to raise awareness, the Backups organize fundraising drives through individual and corporate donations as well as group projects, such as their annual running of the Country Music Marathon. To find out more about how you can become involved, visit www.MalariaNoMore.org, or go to the Backups forum and click on the Melinda’s Charities Board.
Another goal of Melinda’s Backups™ is to create a music scholarship in Melinda’s name at her alma mater, Belmont University. Too many talented youth are unable to follow their dreams because of lack of funds. This scholarship aims to provide that chance to a potentially overlooked, musically gifted student. Thousands of dollars have been raised so far; click here to see how you can help!
If you would like to contribute, either with donations or ideas, please join today, because whether it’s raising money to aid in the global effort to eradicate malaria, or establishing a music scholarship for underprivileged, talented youth to follow their dreams, Melinda and her Backups are continually searching for ways to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
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