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 472,790 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Last year, 2016, was our best year yet, as we raised $82,418 through our three annual events and sales of our beautiful hand-crafted products.  


Fundraising Events for 2017

We are very grateful to our 2017 community supporters.

Our 11th annual Plant Sale & Market Place will feature many quality perennials for everyone's garden.  

The Market Place area will be overflowing with high quality gently-used jewellery again this year at bargain prices.  In addition, our sought-after flower, bird and African note cards, hand-painted bird houses, stained glass 'arc-en-ciel garden ornaments, recycled garden treasures and small floral arrangements were also big sellers.  The raffle table of eclectic gift items is always another popular feature.  There will indeed be something for everyone.
Check out the promotional video on this year's RIDE
We want to thank our sponsors for their wonderful donations of plants and and gift cards.  Ritchie's, Green Thumb, Rock Wall Gardens, Ferme Lève tôt, and Richmond Nurseries.

This year twenty-two cyclists and 4 support persons will participate the 260 km ride in 2 1/2 days.  

Each year the RIDE team has risen to the challenge of meeting and surpassing their fundraising goal.  This year, the 8th year for the RIDE, the Grassroot Grannies have set their goal for $55,000.
In the words of one of the support team members from last year's ride: "The RIDE was once again a wonderful adventure. What a wonderful group of people. Everyone was so caring and it was lovely to watch them care for one another and keep up the spirits of those who were hurting. One cyclist was having some pretty severe stomach problems after the Almonte lunch and wondering whether she would be able to finish the day, let alone the rest of the Ride. She swallowed some antacids and kept going, but the group put her in the middle for the rest of the day. She skipped dinner, slept well and was back sweeping the next day.

And there was a 77-year-old gal and a 78-year-old smiling fella pumping away and keeping up with their groups all the way. Another had a leg cramp one very hot morning but refused to ride in the van, so we strapped a chemical ice pack to her lower leg and she finished with great determination. They were really inspirational. 

The African Grandmothers would be so proud of the efforts of this wonderful group of women and men who raised close to $65,000 and rode 265 km through heat and rain and wind on their behalf. Every year I observe and am filled with awe every minute of every day as they support one another so cheerfully. This is about heart and determination and they still have energy to party at the end of the day. Amazing."

If you wish to support an individual cyclist or the team please come back to this site at a later date.
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 an excellent hot breakfast buffet. 

Canadian grannies 
African grannies
Ride to Turn the Tide - September 6, 7 & 8 - 2017