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 Grannies Flash Mob Fiesta Market 

When:  November 17

Where:  Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay  

We surprised shoppers at the World Craft Bazaar with a Flash Mob . . .  read more

The song was written and performed by Zev Landsberg-Lewis, grandson of Stephen Lewis and the moves were choreographed by a member of the Campaign. Grandmother campaign groups across Canada and around the world staged Flash Mobs in November to call attention to the scale of the global AIDS pandemic, and the Herculean role African grandmothers are playing in the response. Click here to see our Flash Mob dance.

Thank you to Dave Talbot for encouraging us and welcoming us to perform at Fiesta Market. Thanks to Paul Atterton and Bev White, of Black Fox, and Sandy Reid for videoing our performance. Also thanks to Grannies Iris S, Linda C, Maybeth H, Barb T, Marilyn B, Pat P, Ann Marie B, Virginia P, Kate C, Jan H, Joanne C and Ardith C for doing the moves, and Donna G and Joanne R for leading. Thanks, too, to Lorraine H for joining in. Thanks also to banner-holders, Gillian L and Jerry P, our coat holders, Claire D and David C, and our media distributors, Francine N, Dianne S and Claire D

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  •  Lunch for Cyclists riding from Campbell River to Victoria 

    When:  September 7

    Where:  A beautiful house and garden overlooking the ocean

    Descriptions of the event:  open

    Powered by love, and supported by donations and their fellow Gogos as they made their way down the Island, the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa fundraising ride from Campbell River to Victoria finished on Sunday, September 9.

    What a pleasure it was to see the cyclists roll in for lunch on Friday, September 7 at Bette A’s beautiful property, dripping wet from cold rain, but still smiling and in high spirits! Way to go, Grannies.

    24 cyclists took part in the ride, representing groups from Campbell River, Delta, Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria. 19 guests also attended the lunch and the Glacier Grannies raised $301.

    For more information on the ride and the total raised, click here:Cycle Tours


      The Artisans’ Festival  

    When:  September 1, 2 & 3

    Where:  Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

    Descriptions of the event:  open

    Over three days of lovely sunny weather, we were pleased to make $1,813 for the Foundation.

    Thank you to all the grannies and grand others who set up our stall, sold our sewn and felted crafts, and then packed everything up and took it back to storage.

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     Downtown Courtenay Market Day 

    When:  July 2

    Descriptions of the event:  open

    The day was bright and sunny with many shoppers and a great atmosphere. We were pleased to make $456 from crafts other than felting. We were also only able to take cash as moneris was down. Thank you to all who helped with selling, set up and take down.

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      Cheesecakes for a Wedding  

    When:  June 30

    Descriptions of the event:  open

    Friends of Joanne R. have always admired her cheesecake. The Glacier Grannies were invited to bake mini versions for their son’s wedding using Joanne’s recipe. Thanks to the bakers Kate, Jane, Marilyn, Marie and Judith, $250 was raised and the guests enjoyed delicious treats; and thank you to the bride and groom for graciously supporting us on their wedding day.

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      Summer Social  

    When:  Monday, June 25

    Descriptions of the event:  open

    Maxine B. hosted our Coffee and Tea Social and we had a great time chatting and laughing and getting to know each other better! We had a fabulous lunch and even the sun came out for a visit! What a delightful, strong and dedicated group of ladies.

    Event photographs: (Hover the cursor over each picture to view an enlargement..)


      Arts & Bloom  

    When:  May 19, 20 and 21.

    Where: Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

    Descriptions of the event:  open

    Thank you to the Woodland Garden's owners who allow our non-profit group to participate with all the for-profit professional artists. Equal thanks to the grannies who volunteered for shifts, giving time on a beautiful sunny long weekend. We were pleased to raise $1,489 through our craft sales.

    Event photographs: (Hover the cursor over each picture to view an enlargement..)


      An Afternoon of Sharing Stories  

    When:  Sunday, April 29th

    Where: d’Esterre Seniors’ Centre, Comox

    Descriptions of the even:  open

    Over 100 guests attended the afternoon. Elizabeth Sebesta, of the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, who has recently returned from a trip to Uganda and Tanzania, gifted us with an enlightening and inspiring presentation and slideshow. She had visited Stephen Lewis Foundation projects in Uganda, and had attended the Grandmothers’ Gathering in Arusha, Tanzania. Joining Elizabeth was Lisbie Rae, who also shared briefly bout her trip to Africa in 2013.

    Click here for more information on the Tanzania Gathering, and the Tanzania Grandmothers’ Statement.

    Following the presentation, the fundraiser, “Mystery Date with a Book,” had our guests checking out books that were hidden in brown paper, with a few notes about what the ‘mystery’ book might be. Over 65 books went home on a date! Our guests enjoyed afternoon tea and delicious homemade goodies, and browsed the great selection of crafted items for sale.

    We thank all our guests, and the strong bond of the Glacier Grannies for their commitment to raising awareness, building solidarity, and fundraising for community-based organizations that support African grandmothers and the children in their care. The afternoon raised $1,847.88 for the Foundation.

    With grateful thanks to our sponsors: Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Blue Heron Books, Square 1 Travel & Cruise, Mudsharks Coffee Bar, Thrifty Foods and Quality Foods.

    Event photographs: (Hover the cursor over each picture to view an enlargement..)

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      27th World Community Filmfest  

    When: Saturday, February 3rd

    Where: Four venues in downtown Courtenay

    Descriptions of the event:  open

    This was an awareness-raising event - an opportunity to tell anyone interested about the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, and the part we Glacier Grannies play. Many who stopped at our table were already aware, but it was nice to hear them commend the work done for the grandmothers of Africa. One AIDS angel was sold for $10.

    Event photographs: (Hover the cursor over each picture to view an enlargement..)

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      Trash & Treasures  

    When: Sunday January 28th

    Where: Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay

    Descriptions of the event:  

    This event was a flea market rather than a craft sale; however, we made $92, and our presence had the added benefit of raising awareness in the community.


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    Each Angel comes with a personalized name card which explains the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.

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    Help relieve the suffering from HIV/AIDS today and donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

    Aids angels dolls

    Individually handcrafted by a group of Glacier Grannies, these beautiful Angels are a wonderful keepsake or gift.

    Each Angel comes with a personalized name card which explains the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.

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    AIDS Angels - $10

    Help relieve the suffering from HIV/AIDS today and donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

    Aids angels dolls

    Individually handcrafted by a group of Glacier Grannies, these beautiful Angels are a wonderful keepsake or gift.

    Each Angel comes with a personalized name card which explains the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.

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