Friends of Grassroot Grannies
We appreciate your interest in the Grassroot Grannies and the work we do to support the 
Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and 
the Grandmothers Advocacy Network GRAN

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Fall 2017
With warm regards,
Diane Thomson 
Grassroot Grannies

Stephen Lewis Foundation
Advocacy News
Grassroot Grannies Activities
Regional News 
Canadian grannies 
African grannies
Dear Friends of the Grassroot Grannies:

We hope you had a lovely summer and are now enjoying the beautiful autumn season - the season for gratitude and preparation.

We had a very successful Ride to Turn the Tide in September, raising over $62,000 for The Stephen Lewis Foundation.  On the last day of our ride, we visited Bayview Public School where the students enthusiastically greeted us like rock stars. We hope we have given them an awareness of the lives of children in sub-Saharan Africa and how we are helping them. Our sincere thanks go to all our supporters for their continued support. We truly appreciate it.

On November 3rd, we will be hosting The Books and Breakfast Buffet at The Kanata Golf and Country Club. It is a very popular event where friends get together to enjoy a delicious breakfast and collect great books to read.

We will then settle into winter mode, planning and crafting for the new year ahead.

On Sunday, October 22nd, the Grassroot Grannies along with 12 other groups from the Ottawa-Gatineau region will be participating in The Grand Market at Lansdowne Park, where many granny groups get together to showcase and sell their beautiful crafts.  Bargains, fashion and treasures abound as jewellery, women’s clothing and accessories, children’s clothing and toys, books, Christmas décor, fabric and much, much more will be available. This is an event not to be missed.  

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
Place: The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.
Powered by Love: A Grandmothers Movement to End AIDS in Africa, reveals the compelling journey of the indomitable African women as they share their story in their own words. It will be released in bookstores across Canada and online worldwide on October 10. In order to spread the word about the book and the grandmothers' movement, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and members of the Grandmothers Campaign are organizing 40 book launches across Canada between October 11 and November 9. These launches will feature African and Canadian grandmothers and Stephen Lewis Foundation staff. For further information click here 

As you have no doubt surmised, there is a lot going on both locally within the Grassroot Grannies’ group, regionally here in Ottawa and of course nationally and internationally with the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Africa. I do hope that you will add your input to some of these issues and, as always, we thank you for your interest in and your financial support of our projects.
The SLF is again working alongside our community-based partners will convene a Tanzanian Grandmothers Gathering to take place in late February and early March 2018. African grandmothers gatherings are a tremendous, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with the African grandmothers at the center of turning the tide of AIDS, to exchange stories, and to stand together in sisterhood, all while representing thousands of grandmothers in Canada, the UK, Australia and the US.
Violence Against Women - The Grandmother's Advocacy Network (GRAN) is making plans to support the United Nations' UNiTE Campaign's 16 Days of Activism, against Gender Based Violence which will be held November 25th to December 16th. 

On Saturday, November 25th at 4:30 GRAN will be marching on Elgin Street carrying banners to increase awareness of violence against women and girls, and then at 5:00 p.m. at Jean Pigott Place in City Hall, Mayor Watson will read a proclamation stating that the City of Ottawa supports the UNiTE Campaign. There will be speeches, entertainment and refreshments and everyone is invited to join us; an invitation will soon be on the Grassroot Grannies website. Participants are encouraged to wear orange, which symbolizes hope. For more information click here 

You can also read more about the Campaign on the Grassroot Grannies web page

Education - What will it take to get 100 million children and youth in sub-Saharan African into school with access to quality education? And what will it take for true gender equality to be fully realized, where all women and girls have the freedom to choose their own life course, and have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue their choices?

Petition E-1164 asks that Canada fulfill its responsibility to ensure that girls everywhere have access to quality education. More specifically, it asks the Government to increase Canada’s investment in global education by 2 cents per day per Canadian by 2020 (an increase of $788 million (CAD) over three years). This would amount to a doubling of Canada’s present commitment to global education.  

(This petition was initiated by ONE Canada and sponsored by recently deceased MP Arnold Chan, Scarborough-Agincourt.) 

The petition closes on October 25 so please access and sign the petition on line by clicking here. Please also help spread the word by sharing the link to the petition with others.