On September 7 - 9 this year, Victoria grandmothers will cycle 275 km. from Campbell River to Victoria, to raise funds for African grandmothers at the heart of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, and I'm going to be one of them.
Although I broke my wrist and am not yet back in the saddle, I've been training at the Y on a stationary bike, and will be back cycling the roads and trails of Victoria soon. Will you support my ride this year, and help us to reach our goal?
I am riding to remember grandmother Elizabeth from Tateni in South Africa, whom I met in 2010. When I showed her a photo of my daughter Helen with my grandsons Oscar and Miles, she had no interest in the boys. Instead, her finger rested on Helen's face. "Your daughter?" she said. "I had nine; now, only one." Yet, here she was, taking strength from the other grandmothers in her community-based organisation, and making sure a healthy meal was ready for her grandchildren after school. That's the kind of courage and perseverance that is holding families and communities together in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
And now grandmothers are stepping up to demand their rights, becoming village leaders and running for office to bring about change. If you'd like to understand what inspires me about the Campaign, take a look at the award-winning book, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers Movement to End AIDS in Africa.
To make a donation, please click on the 'Donate Now' button above the thermometer. It’s simple, fast and totally secure and will make such a difference to the grandmothers of Africa and the children in their care.