We are a group of Red Deer and area grandmothers and "grandothers" that reach out to African grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Africa has become a continent of orphans – 14.8 million and countless others left vulnerable, increasing their chances of contracting HIV. In the midst of this tragedy African grandmothers have stepped into the breech, burying their own children and raising their orphaned grandchildren with little assistance. GrammaLink-Africa members seek to support these brave African women by creating awareness of their struggle and sharing our resources through fundraising for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
10th Annual Chili for a Cause Lunch a Huge Success! The recent chili for a cause lunch was wonderful. Nearly 400 bowls of chili were served up in handmade pottery bowls. The meals, along with the sales table and basket draw, brought in over $9,000.00 after expenses for rent and groceries. We could not have reached this amount without the generous donations of bowls from the Red Deer Pottery Club, Maureen Lewis and the Red Deer College Ceramics Club and meat from Nossack Fine Meat Ltd. as well as donations of handmade crafts and gift baskets. Thank You! All money raised has been sent to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign. Check out the picture gallery for more pictures.
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photo by Maurice Henri
Our choice is to honour the grandmothers, enfold the orphans in our arms, and support them to make all of their lives whole again. ~ Stephen Lewis