Grassroot Grannies

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I would like to take a moment to congratulate the Grassroot Grannies on their very successful “Ride to Turn the Tide” event last week.

The group of friends are all longtime residents of the Kanata/Stittsville area who support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign; the campaign works to assist African Grandmothers who have lost adult children to HIV/AIDS and are struggling, with few resources, to care for their orphaned grandchildren.

The Ride To Turn The Tide event is one way they raise money for this cause. The 260km cycle over 3 days, done by Grandmothers (and grand-others) raises both awareness and donations for the campaign.

Totals raised to date by the 23 cyclists and 4 support personnel are in excess of $63,000! This is an outstanding achievement which every participant and contributor should be proud of. Congratulations, Grannies.

Last year, approximately $35,000 was raised for this cause.  As the riders pay for their own expenses, all monies raised are forwarded to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

I was pleased to show my support for the Grannies last Wednesday, September 7 while the festivities continued momentum until Friday.

I hope that this group continues down the incredible journey they’ve begun in changing lives and encourage residents who might be interested to get involved. For more details, please visit their website at: www.grassrootgrannies.com.