Danai Gurira, better known to most as Michonne from the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, is joining forces with CrowdRise to raise funds in support of her African outreach charity, Almasi Arts Alliance. The 37-year-old actress is putting together a special VIP package aptly called, “The Walking Dead Fan Experience.”
One lucky raffle winner will score an all-expense-paid flight to attend the season six premiere in New York City this October, plus a second trip for two to visit previous filming locations. The prize also includes lunch with Danai Guriria (and likely other cast members from The Walking Dead), a weapons training session, and even a full zombie makeover.
“We have an astounding fan base,” Gurira told Us Weekly. “They’re so dedicated to us, so it’s fun to give back to them.”
Gurira, who’s both American and Zimbabwean herself, co-founded the Almasi Arts Alliance in 2011 in order to help with facilitating collaboration between American and African artists. “Going back to Zimbabwe every year, I see a lot of talented artists—directors, writers, actors, playwrights—who don’t have access to training and opportunities, and this bridges that gap,” said Gurira.
To make the contest even more appealing for Walking Dead fans, a $15 donation made online through the CrowdRise web site will also enter you in a contest to win a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6, courtesy of two other Walking Dead stars, Norman Reedus (who plays Daryl Dixon on the show) and Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick Grimes). The phone will come with exclusive videos and photos of all three stars. “There will be some goofy pictures,” promises Gurira.
Witter, B., “Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Is Raffling the Ultimate VIP Fan Package for Charity!” Us Weekly web site, August 27, 2015; http://goo.gl/EUkTMO.