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 $548,690 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This past year, 2017, we raised $75,690 through our three annual events and through sales of our beautiful hand-sewn and hand-crafted products.  


Fundraising Events for 2017

We are very grateful to our 2017 community supporters.

Our 11th annual Plant Sale & Market Place was again a huge success.  Close to $7,000 was raised for the Grandmothers Campaign.

The Market Place area was 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 was always another popular feature.  

In its 11th year, this event is becoming a sought-after spring sale in Kanata.
Check out the new video on this year's RIDE
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Our appreciation
We want to thank our sponsors for their wonderful support: Green Thumb, Rock Wall Gardens, Ferme Lève tôt, and Richmond Nurseries.

We also want to thank the Whitemans for their hospitality and generosity at whose house the sale was held.

This year twenty-two cyclists and 4 support persons completed the 260 km ride in cool, but clear, weather.  Rain, thunder and lightening were threatening on the 2nd day but the cyclists were blessed with clear skies and even a tail wind on the last stretch of the day. The scrolling pictures give you a glimpse of the wonderful group who participated. 

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.  But like in previous years we surpassed our goal and raised $63,000.  What another enormous accomplishment.
While the RIDE is completed there is still time to support an individual cyclist or the 
Grassroot Grannies team 
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We thank you for your support.

Canadian grannies 
African grannies
Ride to Turn the Tide - September 6, 7 & 8 - 2017
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 more than 95 ticket holders enjoying the delicious breakfast at the Kanata Golf and Country Club and the huge selection of recent books for the exchange.  

Many also shopped our crafts corner for sought after 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 proudly donated $3,355 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation from this event.

Send-off remarks delivered by Bob Laughton 
really set the tone for the 2 1/2 day challenge.

My comments this morning will be directed to the riders. I will begin at the end. The end of the ride that is a snapshot of what awaits you on completing your challenge journey:riders in formation proudly proceeding down Richmond Road to the reception at  Bushtukah; members of the public looking on; family members and supporters awaiting in the reception area; banners and balloons, refreshments, the welcome back ceremonies; and pervading it all, a great team spirit and euphoria – part relief, part pride arising from the fact that your challenge has been met and together conquered.

All this and more awaits you as you set forth this morning on another epic annual Ride To Turn The Tide – a daunting 2 ½ day, 260 km challenge in support of the African grannies and their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS, who depend on them.

You are assisting in providing to those orphaned children a present and a future – otherwise denied them by the scourge of this deadly disease.

This ride continues the remarkable tradition of excellence established by those who have ridden before you over the years.

It has been observed that our self-absorbed, hi-tech work is the first generation since the days of caveman to spend hours starring at a flickering light. NOT YOU  You have given of yourselves in training hard and raising funds for a most worthwhile cause.

You recognize that an effort made for the happiness and well-being of others raises us above ourselves.

You reflect the wisdom Étienne de Grellet, a Quaker missionary, who wrote: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any human being let me do it now. Let me not defer it or reject it for I shall not pass this way again.”

You are an inspiration to us all.

All of us here this morning wish you a safe enjoyable ride. We will be on hand to greet you on your return.