Hosted by Sir David Attenborough
27th September 2013
A spectacular gala dinner celebrating the power of apes on screen.
View the Hope 4 Apes flyer
The pictures taken by Pixcellence of the event can be viewed in their Hope4Apes gallery. Proceeds from the sale of images will go to the Hope4Apes fund.
Three hundred million people have been touched by the GAFI initiative, using cinema to promote the preservation of endangered animals. Pedal power brings the conservation message right into the heart of great ape habitats, to the remotest communities in Africa and South East Asia. Hope 4 Apes 2013 will also bring the message home with a UK pedal power school tour, twinning schools in the UK with schools in ape range states.
In three weeks, over 12,000 people saw the films shown on the first Pedal-Powered Cinema. There is nothing I have ever seen to compare to the wonder in the eyes of tens of thousands of children as they watch the films. - Madelaine Westwood, Director of GAFI.
Spectacular Ball with a Difference
Guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by an a la carte dinner in the Lancaster Ballroom, live music, a celebrity auction and mingled with the world's leading wildlife film and media professionals and ape conservationists. Read a summary of the night, The Wonder of it All.
Ape Alliance and the Great Apes Film Initiative brought the skills of alternative energy pioneers Electric Pedals and their Pedal Power Cinema to the Savoy, demonstrating the cinema system using the power of a humble bicycle to project an excerpt of the groundbreaking 3D documentary film "The Last of the Great Apes".
Hope4Apes at the Savoy raised over £44,000 on the night. Funds raised, along with £12,000 in sponsorship will fund a further 6 Pedal Power Cinema units to go to Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda and Indonesia and a further five education outreach projects with the Hope4Apes committee.