SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the tragic death of Princess Diana, Roots of Peace, a California-based humanitarian organization, is calling for the eradication of all landmines in Quang Tri province, Vietnam, by Earth Day 2020. Today, millions of landmines/unexploded ordnance/cluster munitions remain IN Vietnam, over 40 years after the war ended. Since 1975, these deadly remnants of war have killed 42,000 Vietnamese and maimed or injured more than 62,000 innocent people. In partnership with MAG and Earth Day Network, Roots of Peace seeks to DEMINE and REPLANT in Quang Tri, where over 80% of the land remains heavily mined.
Princess Diana's son, Prince Harry, is carrying on his Mother's legacy. On April 4, 2017, he invited Roots of Peace Founder, Heidi Kuhn and her family to Kensington Palace, as he called for the eradication of all landmines by 2025. Prince Harry stated, "Somewhere in the world right now, a parent is making the grimmest of choices to risk cultivating mine-contaminated land, or to let their family starve."
The demining and replanting effort will cost millions in Quang Tri to make the land safe.
Roots of Peace is calling on donors to begin the fundraising with a goal of $1 million by the end of 2017.
BACKGROUND: In September 1997, Heidi Kuhn, CEO, Roots of Peace, was deeply inspired by the footsteps of the late Princess Diana, a mother of two, as she raised landmine awareness worldwide. Her tragic death prompted Kuhn, a mother of four, to create a business model to continue Princess Diana's work for the sake of the children.
GOAL: Turning MINES TO VINES --replacing minefields with grapevines, pepper vines and orchards in battle-scarred countries. Kuhn, and her husband Gary, implemented this plan with support from Napa Valley vintners, Robert Mondavi, Miljenko Grgich, and Diane Disney Miller. They turned ideas into reality.
Now, millions of farmers are harvesting crops on former war-torn lands in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, and the Middle-East.
DONATE: www.rootsofpeace.org or text ROOTS to 91999
Heidi Kuhn, Founder/CEO
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