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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 5:00 PM

Join On The Ground for An Evening of Global Solidarity to support Virunga National Park, the embattled home to nearly half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas and the only place inhabited by all three African great ape species. Featuring Emmanuel de Merode, the park’s internationally-renowned Chief Warden and Director, highlighting the current condition and daunting struggles of Africa’s oldest national park with special guest Orlando Von Einsiedel, Director and Producer of "Virunga" documentary. This event follows Thursday's showing of the documentary "Virunga" at the Traverse City Film Festival. Light appetizers will be available along with wine and craft beer tastings.
 
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Join On The Ground for An Evening of Global Solidarity to support Virunga National Park, the embattled home to nearly half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas and the only place inhabited by all three African great ape species. Emmanuel de Merode, the park’s internationally-renowned Chief Warden and Director, will highlight the current condition and daunting struggles of Africa’s oldest national park with special guest Orlando Von Einsiedel, Director and Producer of "Virunga" documentary. This event follows Thursday’s showing of the documentary Virunga at the Traverse City Film Festival. Appetizers will be served along with wine and craft beer tastings. Tickets to this exclusive event are available to the public for a minimum suggested donation of $50.

Emmanuel de Merode represents first-hand the account and struggle to save one of the world's great national parks and its population of mountain gorillas, in the midst of the aggressive civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the darkest conflicts in recent history. Merode’s survival of four gunshots from an April 2014 ambush and the film Virunga is ultimately a story of determination and courage, demonstrating how a small group of Congolese park rangers, community workers and local environmental activists have brought about a miracle in African wildlife conservation.

Virunga is promoted as the “incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa, the world’s forgotten, and a gripping expose of the realities of the life in the Congo.” The Traverse City Film Festival will present two showings of the documentary: Thursday, July 31 at 12:00 PM in Milliken Auditorium and Friday, August 1 at 3:00 PM at Bijou by the Bay.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated directly to Virunga National Park for their many projects, including; Gorilla & Wildlife Protection, Elephant Crisis, Congohounds, Fallen Rangers Fund, Gorilla Orphans at the Senkwekwe Orphan Mountain Gorilla Center, and Adopt an Area.

On The Ground’s purpose is to support sustainable community development in farming regions across the world and to educate those at home about the complexities of those realities. This event is part of On the Ground's year long educational launch of the Run Across Democratic Republic of the Congo taking place, May 2015, in the same region Virunga is located.

For more information contact: info@onthegroundglobal.org, 231.933.3049