Girl Rising

May 3rd, 2013

Girl Rising

Seniors Emma and Clare Fitzgerald were instrumental in
bringing the film “Girl Rising” to RFH, and are raising funds for
the organizations Girl Rising and Angels in Africa to promote the
education of girls worldwide.



Rumson — Twin sisters Clare and Emma Fitzgerald, seniors at Rumson-Fair Haven
Regional High School, don’t always think alike. But when they did so recently in support
of a worthy cause, the results surpassed their expectations by a country mile.

The two felt strongly about their desire to share the documentary “Girl Rising” with
fellow students and with the entire community. This powerful film about the lack of
formal education for girls in underdeveloped countries had affected each of them
deeply. They were concerned, however, about raising sufficient funds to secure the
licensing fee for the movie.

Working with the RFH student organization Character Education Club, Clare and
Emma did their best to get the message out to RFH students and parents. And in an
astounding show of support, they received more then enough donations to plan a public
screening of the film.

As a result of this highly successful fundraising effort, the general public is invited to a
screening of “Girl Rising” in the RFH auditorium on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. The
$5.00 per person cost of admission — as well as any funds already donated above and
beyond what was needed to secure the movie licensing fee — will be provided to Girl
Rising and Angels in Africa, two global charities dedicated to helping all girls receive an

Worldwide, 33 million fewer girls than boys attend primary school. “Girl Rising” tells the
highly personal stories of nine such girls who dream of attending school but instead
face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other hardships. At the same time, the
film makes the case for the argument that educating all girls worldwide will lead to
improvement of the economies, politics, and cultures of underdeveloped countries.

The hour-and-a-half-long film, released in 2013 and directed by Richard Robbins,
touched the hearts of critics and audiences alike. This high acclaim led to its distribution
to movie theaters around the country, a rare feat for what is described as a grassroots

“Girl Rising” was filmed on location in places such as Cairo, Calcutta, Peru, Haiti, and
Afghanistan. The girls’ stories are narrated by A-list actors including Liam Neeson,
Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. The movie is
rated PG-13 for thematic material, including disturbing images.

The screening event for the public is hosted by the RFH student organizations
Character Education Club and Film Club. Refreshments will be available for purchase,
with the proceeds also being donated to Girl Rising and Angels in Africa.

Clare and Emma are the daughters of Megan and Brian Fitzgerald of Rumson.

Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations or 908-347-8885

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