We are thinking globally and acting locally.  Many of our activities involve fundraising - all for the purpose of supporting the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We also reach out into the community by speaking in schools, churches and retirement residences. Since 2006 Grassroot Grannies have raised $550,230 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. In 2017, we raised $77,440 through our three annual events and through sales of our beautiful hand-sewn and hand-crafted products. We are sure that 2018 will be another phenomenal year.


Fundraising Events for 2018

We are always very grateful to our 
community supporters.

We're off to a great start for 2018.  

The Plant Sale and Market Place, held on Saturday, May 12, raised close to $7,000.  We are very pleased with this result this year as we didn't sell gently used jewellery this year which contributes generously to the total sales. ​

In addition to the wonderful array of healthy perennial plants we sold many note cards, hand-painted bird houses, stained glass 'arc-en-ciel garden ornaments, recycled garden treasures and unique small floral arrangements.  The raffle table of eclectic gift items was again another attractive feature this year.  

Special thanks must be extended to Carol and Arnold Redmond for hosting this event at their lovely home in Kanata Lakes region of Ottawa.  They have very kindly offered to host this event again next year.
Check out the video on this year's RIDE
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Each year the RIDE team has risen to the challenge of meeting and surpassing their fundraising goal.  This year, the 9th year for the RIDE, the Grassroot Grannies have set their goal at $60,000.  We are confident that we will be able to achieve this again this year.

Enjoy the scrolling pictures and the video (see below) which give you a glimpse of this event.

Canadian grannies 
African grannies
BOOKS & BREAKFAST BUFFET- Friday, November 9, 2018
Ride to Turn the Tide - September 5, 6 & 7 - 2018
We want to thank the Kanata Golf and Country Club for their continued support over the past seven years. They have graciously provided the space as well as catered an excellent hot breakfast buffet. ​
This is always the social highlight of the year with usually over 100 ticket holders enjoying the delicious breakfast at the Kanata Golf and Country Club and the huge selection of recent books for the exchange.  

There is always a sought-after crafts corner for  gift items hand made by the GG members. 

Lots of fun and a good cause to help African grandmothers who are caring for their orphaned grandchildren. 

The Grassroot Grannies would like to recognize the wonderful support of Carole and Phil Reilly for their generous donations over the last three years of perennials from their former garden nursery, the Reilly's Country Gardens.  
Also, and very much appreciated, we want to recognize the very generous donations from the following:
  • Mary Reid, Green Thumb Nurseries,
  • Judy Wall, Rock Wall Gardens
  • Brampton Farms
  • Richmond Nursery
  • Ritchie Feed & Seed
  • Suzanne & Bruce, White House Perennials Nursery
  • Richard Williams, Lève Tôt Farms
  • Monique Payant
  • Dawn Doyle
Thanks to our supporters
For the second year, members of the Grassroot Grannies visited two elementary schools: the Bayview Public School and Carleton Heights Public School in Ottawa and made presentations to more than 150 students about why the grannies are cycling to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  In this community outreach initiative they shared stories and answered questions all in an effort to raise awareness of the struggles African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren face as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
L to R: Nancy Hough,  Stella Val, Lina Hallé, 
Deanne Ryan, Shirley Mander
This year a selection of colourful daylilies and bearded irises, a blue four foot-wall fall-blooming aster, a couple of peony varieties, some sedums for ground covers, and a shade-tolerant ornaamental grass will be donated.
A team of Grassroot Grannies organize a work bee to pot and label the various plants. 
L to R: Shirley Mander, Marg Terrett, 
Diane Thomson, Stella Val, Deanne Ryan
If you wish to sponsor this event you can do it one of two ways.  Either donate to the whole team or donate to an individual cyclist.  Click here to continue.