Pat McKee – her 2018 Uganda/Tanzania Trip with the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Grandmothers Meeting
Meeting of grandmothers – Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar

When: Wednesday May 30, 7-8:30pm in the Friendship Room

Plan to attend a lively presentation filled with stories, photos and videos to be gain an understanding of the challenges and accomplishments of grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS.

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Support Pat on her walk:

This spring, I am again taking part in Stride to Turn the Tide for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers (G2G) Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF).

I joined SLF’s G2G Campaign 4 years ago, since retiring, and I have learned so much about the strength and determination of women, both in Africa and in my community.

I recently returned from Uganda and Tanzania, travelling with SLF and 10 other international grandmothers. We witnessed first hand the impact of SLF support to community-based organizations that are assisting African grandmothers (called Jaja in Uganda and Bibi in Tanzania) who are raising their grandchildren, orphaned by AIDS. Our fund-raising efforts over the past 10 years have actually made a difference .

I was honoured to participate in the first national gathering attended by 200 grandmothers in Tanzania. I talked with these women, I danced with these women,I shared food with these women, I held hands with these women and I marched with them. And I saw that they are becoming resilient and are indeed the pillars of their communities. I looked them in the eye and said that I would return to Canada and endeavour to raise more money to support initiatives that make their lives easier.

Please help me to keep that promise to these inspiring women, who, despite having so little, are dedicated to raising their grandchildren as best that they can.

I have set an ambitious fundraising goal, but with your help, I will achieve it. So I ask you  to sponsor me. Please click on the link below. It’s simple, fast and totally secure. Every dollar will make a difference to the grandmothers of Africa and the children in their care. Thank you!


With gratitude
Pat

 

Pat McKee, M.Sc., OT(C)

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