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Merville Grandmothers celebrate 100 Day Jar event

Sept 5th 2018 Comox valley record

Evening will include inspirational documentary Knitting Nannas Against Gas

The Merville Grand Mothers will have a special screening of the inspirational documentary, “Knitting Nannas Against Gas,” at St. John The Divine Church Sept. 14. Photo submitted

Join the Merville Grand Mothers on Friday, Sept. 14, for a lighthearted evening, including popcorn and a movie, to celebrate the conclusion of the 100 Day Jar event. The jars have been distributed around the community over the past 100 days to collect funds for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

The main event is a short Australian film, Knitting Nannas Against Gas. This inspiring film features outstanding women organizing to provide peaceful protests against coal-seam gas projects (fracking) that local communities feared would threaten their water and farmland. This fun-loving growing movement of nannas knit bright yellow berets, banners and signs while having a “cuppa” outside strategic coal sites and politicians offices, combining conviction, humour and a sense of calm. It’s a winning mix.

Two short Stephen Lewis Foundation films will also be screened:

Grandmothers to Grandmothers highlights the Canadian campaign that supports African grans who care for their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.

Stephen Lewis in Conversation – Stephen talks with his daughter, Ilana about the 10 years of growth in the Canadian grandmother campaign.

This event will be held at St. John The Divine Church, 579 5th St in Courtenay. Doors will open at 6, films scheduled to start at 6:30.

Everyone is invited to enjoy this evening of fun, film and community building. Admission is free with or without your jar full of coins, and donations will be collected for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign.

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