We are pleased to have recently again sponsored the Grassroot Grannies Ride to Turn the Tide event. Pictured to the right, the Grassroot Grannies—On Sept. 11th the Grassroot Grannies completed their 260-km ride, 3 day fundraiser in support of African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren.
For more information on the Grassroot Grannies or to contribute go to www.grassrootgrannies.com
Canadian Grandmothers Helping African Grandmothers
published in the Vistas, September 2014
The Grassroot Grannies of the National Capital area will be enthusiastically turning the wheels on their bikes in an effort to raise funds to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa. Twenty-six Grassroot Grannies and friends, including some husbands, will participate in the Ride to Turn the Tide, a 270 km, 2 ½ day fundraiser through the Ottawa area. The venue for both “kick-off” and “welcome back” will be at Bushtukah Store, Hazeldean Road in Stittsville, September 3rd to 5th.
The purpose of this ride is to create awareness and to raise funds for African grandmothers’ orphaned children and others whose lives have been devastated by HIV/AIDS. Along the way, cyclists will be welcomed by other Grandmother groups
and supporters: the Mississippi Grannies (Almonte); the Lanark County Grannies (Perth); the Merrickville United Church Women; and Grannies All About Kids (Metcalfe).
Janet White, a participant, shares her experiences: “This is the second year that I will have participated in the ride. I have been amazed at how so few have made such a difference in the lives of so many others. It has been inspirational to be part of this experience, to see the dedication, spirit, skills, and efforts that are put into helping others help themselves. I am proud
to be able to do something to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause.”
Over the past four years, our Grassroot Grannie Ride, under the amazing leadership of Nancy Hough, and supported by individual donations as well as our corporate sponsors (Bob Laughton of Bushtukah, Joan Smith of Royal Lepage, Renaldo Saikali of Scotia McLeod), has raised approximately $150,000. Participants pay their own expenses so that all monies raised go to The Stephen Lewis Foundation, Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
Our objective this year is to raise $45,000. For more information or to make a donation, check out our website at www.grassrootgrannies.com.
Grandmother and Grassroot Grannie
On Wednesday, Sept. 5, a group of grandmothers and friends will get on their bicycles and set out on a three-day, 270-kilometre fundraising ride.
The “Grassroots Grannies” are riding to help raise awareness and funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation “Grandmothers to Grandmothers” campaign, to support African grandmothers in their struggle to raise their orphaned grandchildren whose parents have died as a result of HIV/AIDS. Three other granny groups in the region are joining forces with the Grassroot Grannies to provide support along the three-day route.
The Ride to Turn the Tide takes place Sept. 5, 6 and 7. Twenty-two registered cyclists and four support personnel are raising money toward this year’s goal of $35,000. Last year, the 21 riders who participated in this event raised more than $31,000 for the Grandmothers campaign. Each cyclist pays their own costs and all proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Grassroot Grannies website at www.grassrootgrannies.com.
The ride departs at 9 a.m., Sept. 5, from the Bushtukah store on Hazeldean Road in Kanata for Perth by way of Ashton, Appleton and Almonte. The Mississippi Grannies will host the riders again this year for lunch in Almonte, and the Lanark County Grannies feed them in Perth. Day two will be the longest day, as the cyclists endure a 117-km trek from Perth through Merrickville, where the United Church Auxiliary will host them for lunch, and then on to Metcalfe for the night where the Grannies All About Kids group feed and billet the riders for the night. On day three, the Grannies all head back to Bushtukah in Kanata for a welcome home lunch and celebration, about noon on Friday, Sept. 7.
The Grassroot Grannies gratefully acknowledge the support of three sponsors: Bushtukah, site of the sendoff and welcome-back celebrations; Penske Truck Rentals, who are providing a support van to accompany the three-day ride; and Joan Smith of Joan Smith Realty, Kanata, who has made a generous donation.
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To: Mrs. Joan Smith, Royal LePage Team Realty
Many thanks for your sponsorship of The Grassroot Grannies, we really appreciate your generous donation.
The very successful charity bike ride – the RIDE TO TURN THE TIDE – will be held again this year on September 5, 6, & 7, 2012. Last year the 21 riders who participated in this 3-day event raised more than $31,000 for the Grandmothers Campaign. This year there are 22 registered cyclists and 4 support personnel collectively raising money towards this year’s goal of $35,000.
The RIDE TO TURN THE TIDE, is a three-day bike tour covering over 270 km… a challenge for most riders many of whom are members of the Grassroot Grannies. But what is very unique about this event is that three other granny groups in the region are involved, joining forces to provide support along the three-day route.
The RIDE departs from the Bushtukah store in Kanata/Stittsville for Perth via Ashton, Appleton, and Almonte. The Mississippi Grannies will host us again this year for lunch in Almonte and the Lanark County Grannies feed us in Perth. Day two, the longest day, as the cyclists endure a 117 km trek from Perth, through Merrickville where the United Church Auxiliary will host us for lunch. The third day is on to Metcalfe for the night where the All About Grannies group feed and billet us for the night. Such hospitality by all these groups is most appreciated by all.