Damien Mander & Vimbai Kumire: Akashinga - The Brave Ones

Damien Mander & Vimbai Kumire: Akashinga - The Brave Ones

Damien 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. By 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.

Instead, 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.

All Ages
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Calgary, Alberta
2 upcoming dates running:
SMTWTFS
2pm
$37.00 - $80.00
Interested in this session?

 Shortlist

Tickets
SMTWTFS
7pm
$37.00 - $80.00
Interested in this session?

 Shortlist

Tickets
$37.00 - $80.00
This event was tagged in:
Mothers Day Weekend
Arts Commons
HOSTED BY
Arts Commons
Visit Event Website
Click to Call
Send Email

More Events You Might Like


See All Events

Featured Businesses & Promotions

Explore More of ChatterBlock


Find Kids Activities

Browse upcoming events, or schedules of classes and camps, all tailored to families.

Plug In Locally

Find kid-friendly businesses & places and read experiences from other parents.

One-Stop Resource

We can help with your child's educational needs or even their next birthday party.
Get Tickets