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Gorilla Fundraiser Tops Rwf20m For Conservation

by Dan Ngabonziza
1:40 am


A fundraising gala organised as part of efforts to put together funding for major gorilla conservation projects exceeded expectations, say the organisers.

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) told KT Press Friday night that it expected to generate Rwf20million from the dinner gala. The function, that was graced by guests including Chief Justice Prof Sam Rugege comes among events leading up to the renowned gorillas naming ceremony “Kwita Izina” due September 2.

“We had a fantastic dinner today and this year’s Kwita Izina is going to be exceptional as it’s dedicated to conservation,” said Belise Kariza, the Chief Tourism Officer at RDB.

Kariza said that the gala – held at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, generated Rwf10million. The figure was expected to hit Rwf20million after sales from tickets are added, she said.

The gala dinner also featured Nigerian singer WizKid who was recognised for promoting conservation. The award-winning artist also purchased paintings worth $2,000.

The gala event was to raise cash for three conservation projects: the Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project, the Imisambi Sanctuary for Grey Crowned Cranes and
a Community Eco-lodge on the outskirts of Akagera National Park.

Attendance of the dinner was priced at $120 (Rwf 100,000) per person and $1,000 (Rwf 814,000) for table of 10 guests.