October Granny Bulletin: Exciting Media Coverage, Crafts Available, and Flash Mob

Granny Bulletin: October 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. Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers
  2. Grandmothers Campaign on Australia Wide
  3. The Agenda with Steve Paikin features African and Canadian Grandmothers
  4. The Grandmothers Campaign Featured in the Toronto Star
  5. Your Morning Marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the Grandmothers Campaign
  6. Add Ugandan and Zimbabwean Jewellery and Crafts to your Fall and Holiday Marketplaces
  7. October Monthly Reveal: Flash Mob Instructional Video and Materials

1. Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers

In this 10th Anniversary Year of the Grandmothers Campaign, 2000 grandmothers, grandothers, and Campaign supporters participated in five regional gatherings and attended five Conversations with Stephen and Ilana in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax. In early 2017 (just a few months away!), Ottawa-Gatineau will also host a 10 Year Anniversary Gathering with a Conversation with Stephen and Ilana.  What a wonderful anniversary it’s been so far!

Add to that milieu the dozens upon dozens of events, fundraisers and celebrations creatively organized by you since the official 10 Year Anniversary on March 7th and it’s easy to see that this is not just a Campaign, but a movement, beyond compare.

In fact, all your excitement has the world taking notice!  In the last six weeks there were four major media pieces profiling the Grandmothers Campaign.  You can find links to the print and television media below.  The coverage is substantive and compelling and we’re responding to inquiries all over Canada and Australia from older women who want to become involved.

Speaking of media and excitement… we’ve included fun resources below to help you prepare for the Grandmothers Campaign Flash Mob for World AIDS Day on December 1st.  Flash mobs are already planned in malls, universities, schools and other public venues.  Foundation staff (and special guests) prepared an instructional video to teach you the moves and we’re thrilled to be able to use the song “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves”, by Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin.  Some of you will remember that Annie sang her song alongside Angelique Kidjo and Sarah MacLachlan at our Hope Rising concert a few years ago.

Thank you for all that you have done over the last 10 years and that you do every day to make this movement one that is so worthy of this type of attention and in fact, adoration. It’s because of your love, passion, creativity, dedication, and hard work that we can enter the next 10 years with so much hope for where we will all go together.

In solidarity,
Graham, Asmita, Carrie, Healy, Janet, Sarah, and Sydney

2. Grandmothers Campaign on Australia Wide


The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s television programme Australia Wide recently featured a segment on the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. This excellent video includes interviews with Australian Grandmothers Campaign members Margaret Hunter and Kerry Little (both of whom attended the South Africa Grandmothers Gathering) and footage of two of the groups in Australia–Ranges Aid and Grand Greeting Cards.

(The piece on the Grandmothers Campaign starts at 14:47 into the programme.)

3. The Agenda with Steve Paikin features African and Canadian Grandmothers


TVO’s show The Agenda with Steve Paikin produced a piece on the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in honour of the 10 Year Annivesrary. It features Grandmothers Campaign consultant Ida Nambeya Mukuka, Zimbabwean grandmother Regina Dongo, Ugandan grandmother Mariam Mulindwa, and Canadian grandmother Jo-Anne Page. So much wisdom and experience on one TV set!

4. The Grandmothers Campaign Featured in the Toronto Star


Toronto Star reporter Peter Edwards attended the Ontario Regional Grandmothers Gathering on October 1st and interviewed Zimbabwean grandmothers Regina Dongo and Maude Nhau and Canadian grandmothers Marg Wilson and Sharon Polansky for an article on the 10 Year Anniversary of the Grandmothers Campaign. As the article concludes, “We’ve come a long way in 10 years.”

5. Your Morning Marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the Grandmothers Campaign


The CTV show Your Morning interviewed Grandmothers Campaign consultant Ida Nambeya Mukuka and Grandmothers Campaign member Jo-Anne Page about the 10 Year Anniversary of the Campaign. We know you’ll love this video about the Campaign and what has been accomplished in 10 years.

6. Add Ugandan and Zimbabwean Jewellery and Crafts to your Fall and Holiday Marketplaces

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At our invitation, grandmothers who visited from Uganda and Zimbabwe for the recent Gatherings brought jewellery and crafts to sell at the Gathering marketplaces. We have some jewellery and handbags remaining that we are offering to grandmothers groups to sell on consignment. If you would like to order some items to sell at your upcoming marketplaces or events, please contact Please note, items are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

7. October Monthly Reveal: Flash Mob Instructional Video and Materials


In September, we revealed that the song for the World AIDS Day Flash Mobs is “Sisters are Doing it for Themselves.” This month, we’ve got everything else you’ll need to do your Flash Mobs– an instructional video that shows you the dance, a lyrics and dance moves cheat sheet to help you follow along, and a Flash Mob guide to support you in organizing and executing your Flash Mob. All of these resources can be accessed on the Members Only section of our website. If you need the password or you would like a copy of the instructional video on DVD or song on CD sent to you, please email


We encourage you to do a Flash Mob in your own community. It’s easy and it’s fun! If you’d like, you can work together with other groups in your area to do a joint Flash Mob. We’ll be making a compilation video, which we hope will go viral.

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