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. In 2017, we raised $75,690 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 can't believe it!  
This is our 12th annual 
Plant Sale & Market Place.

In addition to the wonderful array of healthy perennial plants there will be many note cards, hand-painted bird houses, stained glass 'arc-en-ciel garden ornaments, recycled garden treasures and small floral arrangements on sale.  The raffle table of eclectic gift items is always another popular feature at this popular event.  

Check out the video on last 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 not yet set their goal.  But come back to this page in a couple of months to learn more.  In the meantime, enjoy the scrolling pictures and the video (see below) which give you a glimpse of this event.

Canadian grannies 
African grannies
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. 

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.