A crazy thing happened on the way to the park, somehow we ended up in the jungle, or that’s what it seemed. There were gorilla’s everywhere we turned. Did you know Mountain Gorilla’s are one of our closet relatives? They actually share 98.6 percent of our nuclear DNA. Look closely, can you tell?
Friends with benefits
Jackie and Owen finished early enough to enjoy a snuggle
Friends with Skirts
Jim, in the pink tutu, is a lovely chap from the UK. He’s on vacation and said he’s always wanted to do this. What a good sport!
They all gathered in the Edmonton river valley, Victoria Park for the annual Gorilla Run. It’s a 5 km fun run to raise money for the Canadian Friends of the MGVP (Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund). The organization fights to save the lives of mountain gorillas and to carry on the life work and dreams of Diane Fosse, who sadly was murdered in Rwanda in 1985. Through fundraising efforts like these, programs in Africa continue to make sure locals become qualified in wildlife health management and medicine. Some funding raised, aids in the care of the orphan mountain gorillas at Le Centre Senkwekwe located in the Democratic Republic of The Congo.
Needless to say, they’re an impressive group of organizers and fundraisers. Please visit their websites to see all the important work they are doing. I’m humbled and thankful to see these gorilla’s in our midst.
A Personal Note
To my dear American friends, I’m thinking of you today and hoping with all my heart that you will never again know the fear and heartache from that terrible day back in September 2001. I’ve always loved the message in Patty Griffin’s song ‘No Bad News’. Quote: “We’ll grow kindness in our hearts for all the strangers among us, till there are no strangers anymore”. As many of you may attend Memorials today, please know you are in my thoughts.