Lindsay Morey. The Sherwood Park News. March 26, 2019.
If you’re looking for that special art piece for your home or business, while giving back to a great cause, there’s a perfect event just for you this weekend.
Items will include vintage, collectibles, trending, water colours, wrapped canvases, architectural details, wood items, vases, limited editions, and original art. All of the items were generously donated over the course of three Saturdays at the Woodbridge Farms Elementary, which the group said they are truly grateful for.
Proceeds from the sale help support the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which helps supports grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa, who are raising their orphaned children alone as most of their parents died from the AIDS pandemic. Across Canada, more than 200 grandmother groups support this cause, including Sherwood Park’s Eastside Grannies, who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in more than a decade.
“We were all politically active when we were young and we still have that intensity when it comes to helping others when given the opportunity. We really believe the only difference that separates us from them is just a matter of birth; had we been born in African 75 years ago, their situation would be ours and vice-versa, but we were lucky and blessed to have been born in Canada,” Eastside Grannies member, Carol Maier.
Funds will be used for practical grassroots projects such as business loans, burial fees for their adult children, food, counselling, school uniforms, etc.
“These groups of grandmothers can get together to share their grief, but also their hope in groups that the foundation establishes in each community,” the local member explained.
On Saturday, the public will also be able to watch an art piece come to life as guest artist Pasquale Attademo will be on-site painting.
This year was a bit of a change up from the group’s two previously successful scramble benefits, which brought in $50,000 to $60,000, as well as its springtime rhubarb rallies. The upcoming event will also provide a word garden, where people will find inspiring and funny cryptic messages on wall art.
“We have a lot of hope. Our fundraising goal is built on hope because we’ve never done this before,” noted Maier. “This is a unique event in the region and we local grandmothers have reason to believe it will be an exciting event for all.”
Admission is free.