Fundraiser de­signed to help grand­moth­ers of Africa

Grandm/oth­ers serv­ing hot soup dur­ing an­nual com­mu­nity event

Sackville Tribune - - COMMUNITY - BY HEATHER PAT­TER­SON SPE­CIAL TO THE TRI­BUNE- POST

The Tantra­mar As­so­ci­a­tion of Grandm/oth­ers (TAG) are again hold­ing their Gran­nies’ Soup Night fundrais­ing event in con­junc­tion with Sackville’s sec­ond Moon­light Mad­ness event on Dec. 7.

The event will be 4: 30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Angli­can Church Hall. Freewill of­fer­ings will be ac­cepted and all pro­ceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foun­da­tion’s Grand­mother’s cam­paign to help the grand­moth­ers of Africa con­tinue turn­ing the tide on AIDS in Africa.

African grand­moth­ers have be­come par­ents anew in the midst of the HIV and AIDS epi­demic in sub-sa­ha­ran Africa.

They were faced with putting their grand­chil­dren through school, cre­at­ing sup­port groups to man­age grief, and de­liv­er­ing com­fort and hope through home-based health care. They have taught oth­ers about HIV/ AIDS pre­ven­tion and treat­ment, are cre­at­ing lo­cal sav­ings and loan groups, and they now sit on land-rights coun­cils.

African grand­moth­ers have be­come lead­ers, shar­ing their ex­per­tise in their com­mu­ni­ties and on the in­ter­na­tional stage, press­ing for their hu­man rights and a hope­ful fu­ture. They are tak­ing charge and are mak­ing gov­ern­ments lis­ten to their con­cerns.

In aid of these amaz­ing ini­tia­tives and the on­go­ing ef­forts of Africa’s grand­moth­ers, TAG will be serv­ing soup to warm the stom­achs and hearts of Sackville res­i­dents at the Moon­light Mad­ness.

Since the TAG first formed in 2010, it has raised more than $23,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foun­da­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Heather Pat­ter­son at 506-5367789.

CON­TRIBUTED PHOTO

Tantra­mar As­so­ci­a­tion of Grandm/oth­ers mem­bers, from left, Nancy Bur­ridge, Shirley Oliver, Jane Drover, Odette Gould, Heather Pat­ter­son, Shel­ley Hall­man, Ruth Buckinger, Ju­dith Col­well and Brenda Allen are shown here at a pre­vi­ous soup night fundraiser.

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