A group of grandmothers from Maple Ridge will raise funds for grandmothers in Africa to help them take care of their families and communities.
The Golden Ears Gogos will raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandma to Grandma campaign at a pop-up sale on Saturday, November 27 at the Maple Ridge Seniors Center.
Grandmothers to Grandmothers was launched in 2006 in response to the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, where grandmothers were often the ones who had to care for orphaned children and defend their families and communities. However, they often face discrimination based on gender, age and HIV status.
Since the start of the campaign, more than $ 40 million has been raised to support grandmothers and the community organizations that support them.
The campaign started with just a few groups in Canada and now includes 10,000 grandmothers and grandfathers in Australia, the UK and the US.
According to their website, the Stephen Lewis Foundation is a progressive feminist organization rooted in the principles of social justice, international solidarity and substantive equality. The foundation was created to support community organizations working on the front lines of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa and, since 2003, has partnered with 335 community-based organizations on more than 2,100 initiatives in the 15 hardest-hit countries. by the AIDS pandemic.
The foundation’s community partners provide care and support to women, orphaned children, LGBTIQ people, grandmothers, and people living with HIV and AIDS.
The Gogos Golden Ears are looking for more members.
âWe have around 25 active members and we are always looking for more. Lots of hands and ideas do a great job and everything, âsaid Heather Crum, band member.
Crum noted that while there is no fundraising goal for this event, other than to raise as much as possible, they also aim to highlight their cause.
The Golden Ears Gogos will sell hats, scarves, knitted dolls, pottery, pet beds, books, jewelry, hand-woven baskets, super pens, bears, pastries, between others, during the pop-up event.
The sale will take place outdoors and under cover from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Center, 12150 224 St. in Maple Ridge.
Most items will be donated and organizers are asking people to bring small bills to avoid giving change.
They will also accept credit cards.
Masks are encouraged as well as physical distancing.
For more information, visit Greatervangogos.org.
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