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In many poor nations, malaria is a principal cause of the death of underweight babies and children and premature births. While mosquito nets may seem like the simplest, most inexpensive of items to us, the cost, about $7 USD, is far out of reach for many families in African nations. The 1,600 nets that Yip’s design will create can save a lot of lives, and the money raised from the auction will also aid UNICEF’s work.

Yip, a professional designer for 18 years, says that mosquito netting has been the most meaningful of the unusual materials he’s worked with, and he’s excited to help remind all of those in attendance exactly how easy it is to make a tremendous difference. Last year, Yip was named a UNICEF Ambassador and for the 2010 gala, he created the decor using 21,000 twinkling lights, each of which represented a child who dies every day from a preventable cause.

The UNICEF Snowflake Ball celebrates the annual lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake and honors those who have made significant contributions to the organization’s mission.

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