October 3rd-9th: Bring Out the Birthday PresNETS!

Posted by on October 6, 2009 in Featured, North America, Videos

Problem: Doug Campbell and Sloane Berrent are two adults co-celebrating their 30th birthday October 3rd -9th. In seven days, they are traveling to seven cities to throw a birthday party as a platform for raising funds for malaria prevention through the purchase of protective mosquito nets. There will be one birthday cake present at each event. If David and Sloane hope to raise 16,000 worth in nets, what is the least amount of nets they will they must wish for each time they blow out their birthday candles in order to reach their quota?

Answer: 60 candles on each birthday cake, 7 parties = 60 x 7 = 420 candles total.

16,000 nets / 420 candles = 39 nets per birthday cake


Lucky for the world, David Campbell and Sloane Berrent are not just hypothetical “textbook” examples of social change (or basic math), they’re real people and this is really happening! Cause It’s My Birthday is a seven-day, seven-city effort launched by two socially innovative soon-to-be thirty year olds set to begin October 3rd in New York City.  Through an online donation process that accepts party RSVPs in exchange for money to buy malaria nets, party-goers can compete per city for the most donations delivered. To play their part, Campbell and Berrent will be making the pilgrimage from NYC to Miami to New Orleans to Chicago to Seattle to San Francisco and ending in their hometown of L.A. – entirely in formal wear – to celebrate their birthday party and give thanks to all those who came out to show that they care. Because “what’s bigger on your birthday than working to save the lives of others?”

Berrent just finished up her 3-month fellowship with microlender, Kiva in early September and Campbell has already completed a worldwide tour for charities, which he called “Tuxedo Travels”. (This is where the formal attire idea originally came into use). This time, the birthday duo has partnered with Netting Nations, a L.A.-based non-profit approved by the World Health Organization to distribute insecticide treated nets to regions suffering from the prevalence of malaria. They hope to achieve their goal of $70,000 in donations which they will hand over to Netting Nations to oversee the distribution of 16,000 nets. Personally, I can’t think of a classier way to let go of your twenties. Age is just a number, but nets can save lives. For a list of event locations, click here.

The Cities

New York – Saturday, October 3, 2009
Miami – Sunday, October 4, 2009
New Orleans – Monday, October 5, 2009
Chicago – Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Seattle – Wednesday, October 7, 2009
San Francisco – Thursday, October 8, 2009
Los Angeles – Friday, October 9, 2009

P.S. If you miss the party, but you still want in on spreading the love, not the malaria, the campaign keeps running until October 16th – so you can go online and donate anytime!

Cause It’s My Birthday


From October 3rd-9th, Doug and Sloane will wake up, fly to a new city, celebrate their birthdays with a fundraiser party (where 100% of the proceeds go to malaria nets hosted by the nonprofit NettingNations.org) and then do it all again the next day.


Ashley is a friend of anyone who is fighting the good fight for social change. She has worked for environmental advocacy in Montana, poverty eradication in Guatemala, and peace and conflict resolution in Northern Ireland. She now lives in Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain where she teaches International Relations English and is pursuing her Masters in Language Acquisition in Multicultural Settings.

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