Grannies Challenge Students to Stay Active, Help Others Over Summer

Kanata Kourier-Standard June 27, 2017. By Shirley Mander.

Members of the Grassroot Grannies gave students at Bayview Public School a little extra homework as they prepare for summer holidays.

Members of the Kanata-based Grassroot Grannies group challenge students to help others and stay fit over the summer months. From left are Marg Terrett, Shirley Mander, Lina Halle, Stella Val and Deanne Ryan. – Submitted

The Kanata-based grannies group raises awareness and funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign to help African grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren.

The focus of the grannies’ presentation at Bayview was on helping others and keeping fit.

Through slides and discussion, students were able to see that their counterparts in Africa lived lives with significantly fewer resources and opportunities. This was where the helping others part was highlighted.

The group sang a song about everyone being sisters and brothers and how important it is to share with those who have fewer resources.

The keeping fit part of the presentation referred to the grannies’ Ride to Turn the Tide event, a three-day, 260-kilometre fundraising bicycle ride that will take place Sept. 6-8.

The focus of the ride is to raise funds and awareness for African grandmothers and the children in their care whose lives have been devastated by the AIDS pandemic over the past many years.

As each of the 26 participants in the ride pays for their own expenses, all funds raised go directly to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. Last year, the group raised more than $65,000.

As Bayview students head out on summer vacation, they take along with them the challenge of remembering to help others and to have fun while keeping fit.

In the meantime, the grandmothers will be out training and looking forward to a warm welcome from the students when cyclists make a stop at their school around 11 a.m. on Sept. 8.

For details on the grannies or the ride, visit


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