Grannies cycle Island

For the fifth consecutive year, 23 grandmothers and grand others will be cycling down Vancouver Island, from Campbell River to Victoria, to raise much-needed funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.



For the fifth consecutive year, 23 grandmothers and grand others will be cycling down Vancouver Island, from Campbell River to Victoria, to raise much-needed funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Four local cyclists, Barb Fudge and Jen Bowlby from the Glacier Grannies, Sally Gellard from the Merville Grand Mothers, and Sylvia Shaw from Hornby Unique Grandmothers and Grand Sisters, are taking on the challenge, joining the Cycle Tour, and will ride approximately 280 kilometers from Sept. 9 to 11.

The cyclists will be welcomed, cheered on and served meals along the way provided by several SLF grandmother groups on Vancouver Island.

The Merville Grand Mothers will greet the group at Black Creek Mini Golf for a mid-morning refreshment break at 10:30 on Sept. 9, and then the Denman Island Grandmothers are hosting a lunch at Simms Millennium Park at noon. The Comox Valley community is invited to meet the team at Simms Park, learn about the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and cheer the Cycle Tour on their way.

The four previous Cycle Tours have raised a combined total of close to $150,000. All money raised is donated to Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign, which funds over 300 grassroots initiatives and community level programs that support African Grandmothers.

These grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa are doing an amazing job of caring for the next generation of youngsters, however they need our financial support to keep their grandchildren strong, healthy and in school.

Through the SLF, grandmothers receive assistance to pay for school fees, uniforms, food and shelter.

To make a donation to the Grandmothers for Africa Cycle Tour, go to, click on Barb Fudge and then choose the rider you wish to support. For further information, call Barb Fudge at 250 334-2068.

— Cycle Tour

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