Special Granny Bulletin: November 2016: Fall Grassroots puts Focus on Child Treatment

Special Granny Bulletin: November 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. Fall Grassroots Available Now: The Treatment Gap
  2. SLF’s Year in Review: Print Copies Available Now
  3. Flash Mob Teaser Video, Take Two
  4. Holiday Dare to Dine
  5. Speakers Available Across Canada and Australia 
  6. Reminder: Submit Funds by December 31 for 2016 Tax Receipts

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

We hope you don’t mind us getting in touch through two Granny Bulletins again this month, but as always, there is so much to talk about!  In the midst of all the craft sales, African dinners, concerts, fashion shows and flash mobs, we wanted to share some food for thought before you travel to warmer climes, settle in for winter solstice, or welcome family and grandchildren for the holidays.

We know it can be challenging to make time to sit and read when there is so much on the go, but we hope you will do just that with the new issue of our Grassroots newsletter that is available in print and on the Foundation’s website. We don’t feel self-conscious in telling you that this issue is one of our best yet!  From the feature on the HIV treatment gap for children and youth, to profiles of our African community-based partners, to the spotlights on grandmothers groups in Canada and Australia, to Stephen’s letter on the Global Fund, you’ll want to share Grassroots with your supporters, as much as we want to share it with you.

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

1. Fall Grassroots Available Now


The Fall Grassroots newsletter is here!

The feature article in this Fall’s Grassroots is about the HIV treatment gapfor children and youth, an issue which perfectly illustrates why supporting grandmothers and community-based organizations is paramount to turning the tide of HIV & AIDS.

“AIDS is the leading cause of adolescent death in Africa, where a shocking 26 new HIV infections occur among 15-19 year olds each hour… and less than half of HIV-positive children have access to treatment. Access, however, is only half the battle.”

Efforts to increase treatment access and adherence for young people will be successful only if community-based organizations are prioritized and fully funded. Our African community-based partners support children as whole people and it is their expertise – and the expertise and tenacity of African grandmothers – that will make it possible to bridge the HIV treatment gap.

This issue of Grassroots also reports on the recent South Africa Grandmothers Gathering:

“The Grandmothers Gathering in Durban was not only a cathartic exchange of expertise and strategies for coping with HIV & AIDS; it was also deeply political. The memory of the struggle to free South Africa from the grip of Apartheid is not far from the minds of many of the grandmothers, were also deeply engaged in that long struggle. They know exactly what must happen next.”

You can read the full Grassroots newsletter online.

If you would like to order copies of the Fall 2016 Grassroots for your group members and/or for use at your events, please contact or your Grandmothers Campaign Officer.

2. SLF’s Year in Review: Print Copies Available Now


We heard from many grandmothers group members that it would be helpful to have print copies of the SLF’s 2015 Year in Review. As a result, we ordered a small print run and have a limited number of copies available. If you would like print copies for your group, please contact

3. Flash Mob Teaser Video, Take Two!


Last week’s Granny Bulletin included a short “teaser” video for the World AIDS Day Flash Mob, but some folks had trouble streaming it. We’re sorry! We hope this link will work better for you. Let us know if you have any questions!

4. Holiday Dare to Dine

For many, December is a season filled with meals, parties, cookie-baking marathons, and gatherings with family and friends. Many grandmothers and grandothers choose to make their existing dinners, teas, and parties into Dare to Dines during December and others decide to host a special Dare to Dine meal during December.

For those of you interested in a Holiday Dare to Dine, we wanted to share our revised Dare to Dine Kit with you, which provides lots of helpful information about organizing a Dare to Dine. Of course, you’re also welcome to keep it simple and just “pass the hat” at your cookie-baking party or annual holiday shindig if that’s more your style. And if December is just too busy, the Dare to Dine kit is also applicable to Dare to Dines in any season!

5. Speakers Available Across Canada and Australia

As you start to look forward to the new year, we wanted to remind you that the grandmothers and grandothers who visited our partners in Zambia and attended the South Africa Grandmothers Gathering are available to do presentations to your group or organizations in your community and to speak at your events. In fact, sharing what they learned with grandmothers groups is one of the primary commitments trip participants make and they love to do it!

The available grandmothers and grandothers are:

  • Bev Suek, Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
  • Carol Jean Little, Grandmothers by the Lake, Harrowsmith, ON
  • Dolores Meade, Grannies Aid for Africa, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC
  • Elizabeth McNair, Omas Siskona K-W, Kitchener, ON
  • Gail Greenberg, Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Regina, Regina, SK
  • Gail Wilen, Sunshine Coast Grandmothers and GrandOthers, Sechelt, BC
  • Jeanette Froese, Capilano Grandmothers to Grandmothers, North Vancouver, BC
  • Joanne Gormley, Grannies for Good, Montreal, QC
  • Kerry Little, Grand Greeting Cards, Sylvania, New South Wales, Australia
  • Margaret Hunter, Ranges Aid, Junction Village, Victoria, Australia.

Please contact if you’d like a trip participant to speak at a meeting or event.

6. Reminder: Submit Funds by December 31 for 2016 Tax Receipts

As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to remind you that any funds requiring a 2016 tax receipt must be postmarked on or before December 31st.  If you have any questions, please let us know. And, thank you!

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