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These ‘grannies will never be in danger of being invisible

Columnist Alicia Vandine praises the work of the Apple Route Grannies

Published in Brighton Independent

Today’s culture is so obsessed with looking and acting young.

Do we become less important to society or even become invisible as we age? It’s hard to believe that only 200 years ago, many powdered their wigs grey in order to make themselves appear older and wiser. That’s right, back then being older was hip.

Nowadays, from hair dyes to wrinkle creams and surgical procedures, the race is on, particularly for women, to remain forever young to avoid becoming invisible.

I was recently invited to a meeting of the Apple Route Grannies. This is a group of area women, who will never be in danger of being invisible.

These ladies live from Port Hope to Consecon. Together, with 240 other chapters across Canada, they support the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

The foundation helps African Grandmothers and “Grand Others” (elders of villages), who take care of children whose parents have died due to HIV and AIDS. Now in their tenth year, this local group of ladies has raised more than $100,000 to support these initiatives, thanks to the generosity of Brighton residents and their mainstays of Dare to Dine and Bridge Euchre Luncheons fundraisers.

And they’re not resting on their laurels.

On Oct. 27, they are hosting an author night with Frances Itani, who is a fiction writer, poet, essayist and Member of the Order of Canada. The event will be hosted at Trinity St. Andrews United Church.

The Apple Route Grannies know that the fountain of youth is about having substance. They use their experience to become effective social justice advocates for those in their communities and around the world.

They are truly living the African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

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