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Grannies Hit the Road to Aid Africa

Times Colonist July 9, 2017. By Pedro Arrais.

There is still room for riders of all abilities to join this year’s Victoria Grandmothers for Africa Cycle Tour in September.

The Victoria Grandmothers for Africa Cycle Tour biked from Campbell River to Victoria in 2016. Photograph By Handout

Riders will cycle 275 kilometers over three days from Campbell River to the legislature in Victoria.

The Victoria members join 249 other groups in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom in raising funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. The groups have just passed the $1-million milestone in raising funds to care for 15 million AIDS orphans in Africa.

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign supports community projects and caregivers, as well as working on long-term solutions so this generation doesn’t repeat the pattern of their parents.

The tour is open to women over 54 years old. Last year, 48 women took part in the fundraiser.

“If cycling with a happy group that makes frequent pit stops for coffee, delicious food and washroom breaks while exploring this wonderful island is not your thing, please consider donating to our cause,” said Laurie Wilson, the group spokeswoman.

For more information, go to victoriagrandmothersforafrica.ca, grandmotherscampaign.org or stephenlewisfoundation.org. They are also on Facebook.

 

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