With less than three days to this year’s Kwita Izina ceremony, Rwanda Development Board on Saturday hosted ‘KwitaIzina’ Gala Dinner at Kigali Convention Centre to raise funds for Gorilla conservation efforts ahead of the 13th Gorilla naming event due on September 1 in Musanze District.
Attended by government officials, diplomats, conservationists and private individuals, over 500 tickets were sold for the ‘Gala Dinner’ with each ticket costing $120 (estimated Rwf 101,194), while ten guests paid over $1,000 (Rwf 843,284).
The night of dinner and wine, also included a spectacular music performance from local artist Ben.
The night also involved a successfully bidding action for Rwandair tickets to the UK, where the best two bidders accepted to pay $2,500 to $4,000 to spend a night in Bisate and Songa Lodge respectively.
BeliseKaliza, head of RDB-Tourism said the fundraising is meant to support conservation efforts in the country. “The target is not business oriented but to raise funds to support mountain gorilla conservation efforts and other related projects.”
This was the second edition of the ‘KwitaIzina’ Gala Dinner. Last year RDB raised funds for three projects; Imisambi Sanctuary ($101,000), Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project ($180,000) and Community Eco-Lodge ($250,000).