Grandmas team up with high school students for charity Scrabble tournament

CBC News.  Travis McEwan. Feb 20, 2019.

More than $16,000 raised for African grandmothers who take care of orphans

Students of W.P. Wagner School and members of Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation played in a Scrabble tournament for charity. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

Students at W.P Wagner School hosted a group of grandmothers Wednesday for an annual Scrabble Tournament for a charity in Africa.

Each group of high school students had at least one grandmother on their team to compete for the best total score in the classic board game.

The women are a part of Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation (GANG), a group that raises funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The foundation supports African grandmothers who care for orphaned children affected by HIV and AIDS.

“They’re holding their communities together, they’re becoming leaders and it’s having an impact on the AIDS pandemic,” said Vicki Strang, a member of GANG.

By Wednesday afternoon the event had raised more than $16,000.

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