African grandmothers to speak at dinner

The Glacier Grannies are thrilled to be hosting three grandmothers from Uganda and South Africa at their sixth African dinner on Sunday Oct. 15. These indomitable women will be telling stories from the new Stephen Lewis Foundation book, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to end AIDS in Africa. Also speaking at the dinner will be the national director of Phoebe Education Fund for Orphans &Vulnerable Children, as well as the book’s photographer.

The Oct. 15 dinner will be held at the Florence Filberg Centre, Upper Hall, with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. An African-themed meal will be catered by Tria Fine Catering. There will be a cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are $50 and are available at Laughing Oyster Bookshop or Blue Heron Books, or by calling Jane at 250-792-5993. We thank Mason Walker of RE/MAX for once again helping to cover our costs.

Working with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Canadian grandmothers have raised more than $25 million to support African grandmothers as they bring up their grandchildren and rebuild their communities. African grandmothers are now mobilizing to claim their human rights, including child protection and healthcare, pensions and land rights.

Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to end AIDS in Africa will be for sale at the dinner, as well as at a free public launch at Courtenay Public Library on Oct. 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our African visitors will be speaking at the launch. Thank you to Laughing Oyster Bookshop for supplying the books for sale. For information about the book launch, contact Joanne at 250-334-0967.

All profits from the dinner and royalties from sales of the book will benefit the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Foundation.