WallStreetBets raises 200k for Gorilla fund charity

WallStreetBets raises 200k for Gorilla fund charity

The movement in charge of the Game Stop controversy is now helping back this animal species, check it out!

WallStreetBets the group in charge of raising the stocks of technology store Game Stop are now using their money for a good cause. With all the money they raised on Wall Street they decided to help animals, specifically the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

After making their announcement online, they gathered tons of attention from users who registered to be able to donate. Earning more than 112,000 upvotes as of Monday afternoon and hundreds of awards (which users have to purchase with real money to give out). In the end, they gathered a total of $200 K. 

According to Newsweek, a spokesperson from the organization said they've received more than $265,000 in donations over the weekend.

The good thing about their donation announcement was that they also inspired other WallStreetBets members to donate to the fund. Tara Stoinski, the president and CEO of the fund wrote a statement thanking all of the users for helping them help this animal species and spreading the word about it, adding:

"I was just made aware that you have been adopting gorillas through our website, I wanted to say thank you so much for this incredible support ... it will go a long way in helping our important mission."

With a donation to the fund, anyone who wants to help in their efforts can symbolically adopt a gorilla. Pakistani_in_Murica said they "adopted" a wild gorilla named Urungano, who was born in June 2017.

According to the organization's website, they help protect two endangered gorilla species located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda and Congo.

On the other hand, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International also took its time to thank everyone from Reddit for their investment and also sharing awareness about gorillas and their importance in our ecosystem:

"It's safe to say that the #investor community on @reddit is not traditionally who we think of as our supporter base, but they definitely surprised and overwhelmed us over the weekend.

As it turns out, gorillas are a great #investment! Gorillas live in the Congo Basin, the second-largest rainforest in the world and a natural defense against #climatechange. When we save gorillas, we save the planet. How's that for #ROI?"

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