Grandmothers pass milestone for Africa

Times Colonist.  July 16, 2017. By Pedro Arrais 

Excerpted from “Our Community” 

Victoria Grandmothers for Africa marked a milestone recently when they reached the $1-million mark in donations.

Across Canada, grandmothers in more than 250 similar groups have collectively raised more than $25 million for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which helps children in Africa who are orphaned.

These children benefit tremendously from programs run through the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

For the past 10 years, the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa have organized a 275-kilometre cycle tour to raise funds.

Less well-known is a 50-km ride that started two years ago for those who might be intimidated by the longer distance.

This ride has attracted beginner riders. The shorter ride starts and ends on Sept. 10 — finishing about the same time as the longer group, on the grounds of the legislative assembly about 3 p.m.

For more information, or to register for either ride, go to

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