Unfortunately our friend Mary Wallace is unable to join us to celebrate our special day, but was thoughtful enough to make a donation the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help provide an education for a young girl. Since her retirement, Mary has volunteered countless hours to help organize events in Regina with other local grandmothers to raise funds to support grandmothers in Africa.
African grandmothers are central to the life of their communities. With almost no support, they have stepped forward to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS, sometimes as many as ten to fifteen in one household. They display astonishing reserves of love, courage and emotional resilience, even while grieving the loss of their own adult children.
According to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Canadians have raised more than $24 million for African grandmothers through the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Resources from the Campaign are invested directly at community level, with grassroots organizations that provide grandmothers and the children in their care with supports that include food, educational supplies, uniforms and school fees, medical care, HIV counselling and testing, adequate housing and bedding, counselling and support groups, home visits, and much more.
Thank you Mary for your generosity and for your thoughtful gift.
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Joanna and Jeremy are getting married! They will celebrate their wedding on June 3, 2017 in Regina, SK.
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