Granny Bulletin: March 2016

Granny Bulletin: March 2016

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Dearest Grandmothers & Grandothers
  2. Stride is at our Heels
  3. Grandmothers Campaign T-Shirts
  4. Beds Without Breakfast


1. Dearest Grandmothers and Grandothers,

Ten years ago today, on March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.  For the first time, the struggles and experiences of African grandmothers were heard on an international stage.  They were the linchpins of their communities, holding them together even as they cared for a generation of children orphaned by AIDS and mourned the loss of their own adult children.  Their collective voices demanded to be heard.

Canadian grandmothers came together like never before, organizing in homes and communities with a great sense of urgency. It was your shared identity as grandmothers and years of experience in women’s groups, churches, synagogues, and as nurses, teachers, counsellors, or business owners, that compelled thousands of older women to build a grassroots grandmothers movement.

Ten years later, you’re still honouring your pledge from the first International Grandmothers Gathering in Toronto in 2006, “we will not rest until they can rest”.  And African grandmothers have become activists and advocates pushing for theirs and their grandchildren’s rights and protection.  They are now recognized as community experts and agents of change – all while continuing to care for their orphaned grandchildren, putting them through school, educating them about HIV and AIDS, and becoming small business owners to earn a living.

Over the next few months, we’ll have much to share with you to honour your commitment and celebrate your incredible achievements.  For now, we’ll leave you with a special 10th Anniversary video from Stephen and Ilana.  Enjoy!


Graham, Sydney, Asmita, Janet and Sarah


2. Stride is at our Heels!

This year’s Stride is a special opportunity to mark a decade of solidarity in the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. After all, your efforts have raised an astonishing $24 million in ten years.

Your collective contribution to sustainable funding has allowed African grandmothers to be part of psycho-social counselling, income-generating activities, HIV-prevention programmes, and to become expert leaders in advocating for their human and civil rights.

As you walk, celebrate the impact of your solidarity, and remember the distance left to go. And make that number 10 matter.

Whether you create a new personal goal to recruit 10 friends to join you, or get 10 more friends to pledge for you, or even to up your team goal by 10 kilometres – you can help to mark 2016 Stride in a special way!  This June, put on your walking shoes, t-shirts, scarves, hats, and sun block and join us in the Stride to Turn the Tide.

To set up your Stride page visit  All forms and resources are posted online and if you have any questions please contact the Stride Coordinator at 1-888-203-9990 ext 302 or at  We look forward to helping you Stride to Turn the Tide!

3. Grandmothers Campaign T-Shirts

Spring is approaching so it is time for another order of Grandmothers Campaign t-shirts from Gathering Grannies. Please send orders or inquiries to no later than April 6th. Shirts are $23 each, including postage. Further details can be found at Clothes & Accessories | Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
Looking for a Grandmothers Campaign t-shirt specifically for the 10 Year Anniversary? We have a beautiful new 10 Year Logo for the Campaign, and you are welcome to use it on your own t-shirt designs. Just be in touch with us at for the high resolution image!

4. Beds Without Breakfast

Thinking of travelling as the warmer weather approaches? Remember there are over 70 hosts from coast to coast ready to welcome fellow grannies and grandothers to their homes in return for a donation to the Foundation- a win-win arrangement. Please check the website for the latest update as homes are added or deleted and sometimes hosts’ email addresses change. Go to
If you have any questions please email

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