Orangeville GoGo Grannies to host an English country garden tea

June 2, 2016   ·   0 Comments

To raise funds for the Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Orangeville GoGo Grannies will hold an English country garden “Come and go” tea on Saturday, June 25.

The garden is located at #1933 Concession Road 4 Adjala-Tosorontio (East of Mono Mills) and goes from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under ten and are available at Booklore or by calling 519-941-1738.

A traditional light luncheon featuring strawberries and scones will be served outdoors or inside if it rains. There will be a bake and book sale and a marketplace for shopping.

All funds raised will go to the Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which since 2003 “works with community-based organizations working to turn the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa.” For more information visit 

Orangeville GoGo Grannies was formed in 2007, a year after the Grandmother Campaign was launched.

Catherine Allen, supporter of the GoGo Grannies and the owner of the 130-year-old country farm where the luncheon will take place, says the organizations are very important to her, due to a personal experience.

“My husband and I had a year’s sabbatical in 1999-2000 and we volunteered in Zimbabwe. We spent eight months in Africa and certainly we had seen first hand and met grandmothers who were supporting their grandchildren because they had lost their family to AIDS.”

Rita Henkel, chairperson of Orangeville GoGo Grannies, says community support is important. “I feel it’s a group that really, I think, in a little way makes a small difference to those grandmothers in Africa. Even though they have such horrible obstacles to overcome, they’re always full of hope.”

For more information about the event call Helen Linton at 519-941-4053 or Catherine Allen at 519-941-5767.

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