Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live: Damien Mander & Vimbai Kumire: Akashinga – The Brave Ones

October 01, 2019


For Immediate Release
October 01, 2019

Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live: Damien Mander & Vimbai Kumire: Akashinga – The Brave Ones 

CALGARY – Arts Commons Presents welcomes former sniper and National Geographic Live Explorer Damien Mander and anti-poaching ranger Vimbai Kumire with Akashinga – The Brave Ones on October 20 & 21, 2019 in the Jack Singer Concert Hall. 

Mander spent his early 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others—first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a special operations sniper in an elite hostage recovery unit. In 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: applying military solutions to the fight against poachers. 

While it wasn’t his original plan, he found himself forming the first all-female ranger unit in Zimbabwe: Akashinga (“The Brave Ones”). The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives, and AIDS orphans. The instructors were skeptical, but the results spoke for themselves—and along the way, opinions and stereotypes were rapidly altered. At the forefront of the team is Vimbai Kumire, a single mother who now leads the team across Africa’s poaching frontline. 

Be inspired not only by Mander’s incredible journey from special forces to conservation, but also by the bravery and tenacity of Kumire and her squad as they protect Africa’s ecosystems from poachers.

 

What:               Akashinga: The Brave Ones with Damien Mander And Vimbai Kumire

When:              Sunday, October 20, 2019 & Monday, October 21, 2019

Where:             Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall

 

For tickets, call 403-294-9494 or visit artscommons.ca

 

 

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For media inquiries or more information contact:

Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager

403-294-7429 abonyun@artscommons.ca

 

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