Granny Bulletin: October 2018

Granny Bulletin: October 2018

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. Flash Mobs: Dancing in the Streets, Malls and Markets
  2. Holiday Tributes Available
  3. Fundraising Corner: Trivia Nights, Games and Tournaments
  4. Grandmothers Groups Materials, Guides and Resources

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,
The pace always seems to accelerate, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere, as summer transitions into autumn. 
Throughout September and October, the Grandmothers Campaign team travelled across Canada with Idah Mukuka Nambeya (Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers Campaign) and three special guests, Mama Zodwa Ndlovu from South Africa, Pfiriaeli Kiwia from Tanzania and Josephine Nabukenya from Uganda to participate in Regional Grandmothers Gatherings.
Many of you will remember Mama Zodwa from the 2006 Toronto Grandmothers Gathering and from the African Grandmothers Tribunal in 2013. Mama Zodwa continues her community mobilizing through Siyaphambili, the centre she established in South Africa. Through her involvement on the South Africa Grandmothers Gathering Organizing Committee, her involvement with South African grandmothers’ advocacy has deepened.
Josephine Nabukenya first visited Canada with the SLF in May. She was one of four young community leaders and health advocates to participate in a Youth & HIV roundtable. Josephine started a youth support group more than 10 years ago as she experienced the need for youth to support one another through psychosocial support, play and education.
Pfiriaeli Kiwia is an economist and a founder of Kimara Peers Educators in Tanzania. She is a respected leader and advocate across Tanzania and was the co-chair of the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering last March.
Zodwa, Josephine and Pfiriaeli shared their insights and expertise and inspired everyone they encountered. Each of them spoke about women – grandmothers in particular – at the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic and the community-driven response to HIV. They deepened our understanding of the challenges faced by women across generations and countries, and how these same women are addressing these challenges and finding resourceful, creative ways to implement change. You can hear some of what they had to share by visiting the videos section of the Grandmothers Campaign Facebook page.
The opportunities we have to participate in Gatherings and your regional conversations and events, inspire and excite us. We’ve been privileged to be a part of conversations and listen and learn from what you’ve shared about what inspires your involvement in the Grandmothers Campaign, what you enjoy most, the challenges and how you are tackling them. We’re excited to continue and deepen these conversations with you in the coming months.
The Grandmothers Campaign Team

1. Flash Mobs: Dancing in the Streets, Malls and Markets

Flash Mob rehearsals are underway as we’ve heard updates of dance practices happening at Gatherings, group meetings and in kitchens!
Don’t forget to send us the details for your Flash Mob so we can dance in solidarity with you. It’s also important to share your Flash Mob details with us, if you’d like to be added to the SLF insurance coverage, please contact us ASAP.

It’s not too late to join in. We’ve got everything you need to do your Flash Mob: instructional videos, a lyrics and dance moves cheat sheet to help you follow along, and a Flash Mob guide to support you in organizing your Flash Mob and getting out into the community dancing. All of these resources can be accessed here. If you would like a copy of the instructional video on DVD or song on CD sent to you, please email

2. Holiday Tribute Cards Available

Every year, the SLF offers Holiday Tribute Cards in November and December to those who wish to make a donation in lieu of a gift. Over the past few years, we have also invited grandmothers groups to participate, if you would like, by making Holiday Tribute Cards available to your supporters.
Each card represents a donation of $10 or more.  It includes the message, “I wanted to give you a gift that is truly meaningful by making a donation in your honour to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Happy Holidays!”
As always, donations of $20 or more are eligible for a Canadian tax receipt since the cards are not being purchased or given in exchange for a donation (rather they are a token of gratitude that your supporters can use to notify their loved ones of a holiday tribute). If you’d like to request holiday cards for your group to have on hand at upcoming fundraisers and events, please email your Grandmothers Campaign Officer, or

3. Fundraising Corner: Trivia Nights, Games and Tournaments

Tap into your competitive and fun side with grandmothers group-hosted games nights. Here’s a peek at upcoming events happening in November.

  • Alberta’s Eastside Grannies’ “Good Words for Africa Scrabble Benefit” on Nov. 4th
  • Ontario’s Omas Siskona of K-W’s Scrabble and games night on Nov. 11th
  • Saskatchewan’s G4G Regina’s Scrabble fundraiser on Nov. 17th

Get the full details about these events and others on the Grandmothers Campaign Event Calendar. Would you like to have your grandmothers group event listed on the calendar? Contact
Scrabble Hint: Oxyphenbutazone is rumoured to be the highest scoring word at 1778 points.  The sixth edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” was recently released and apparently includes 300 new words!

4. Updates and Resources for Grandmothers Groups

We have heard from you and appreciate all of your feedback and suggestions – we’re (updating) revamping and revising online fundraising pages, our website and materials over the next few months. To keep you up-to-date, we’ve created a Grandmothers Campaign Resource Update designed to let you know what resources we will have in place to support your efforts.  You can download it here.

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