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Grassroots Grannies are out to turn the tide again with ride that starts in Stittsville

Ottawa Community News. August 31, 2017. By Brian Dryden

The Grassroot Grannies are about to get on their bicycles and start pedalling for a good cause again as the 8th annual Ride To Turn The Tide event is slated to start on Sept. 6 in Stittsville.

Participants in the 2016 Ride to Turn the Tide gather in front of the Bushtukah store in Stittsville as Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson (centre) cuts the green ribbon to officially launch the ride. This year’s ride, the 8th annual, is set to start on Sept. 6 in Stittsville and continue until Sept. 8. – Metroland file photo

The event is in support of African Grandmothers by way of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s “Grandmothers to Grandmothers” campaign.

Local grandmothers and grandfathers are expected to participate in the three-day cycling fundraiser to show support and raise money for African grandmothers whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.

This year’s ride is set to start at 9 a.m. when those participating will depart from the Bushtukah location at 5607 Hazeldean Rd. and are expected to return on Sept. 8 in the early afternoon to the Bushtukah outlet at 203 Richmond Rd. in the Westboro neighbourhood. The cyclists will pass through Ashton, Appleton, Almonte, Perth, Merrickville and Metcalfe during the ride.

Riders pay their own costs for the ride and seek sponsors.

They hope to raise $55,000 this year with all proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

For more information or to make a donation for the cause, go to grassrootgrannies.com.

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