Joan Haid’s New Horizon’s has come to an end for this year. Guest speakers were Carol Barnhardt and Rosemary Kennedy. These ladies are with the 4Gs – Guelph Go-Go Grandmothers and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. They spoke of the grandmothers in Uganda. Before their talk they lit two candles one to represent Canadian grandmother’s and the other for Uganda grandmothers.
Their goal is to raise awareness of the still very real HIV and AIDS problem in Uganda. This Guelph group started in 2006 and today ten years later their membership is now up to 65 members. There are 250 such groups across Canada.
The 4Gs are committed to education, fundraising by bake sales, crafts sales, plant sales, holding dinners, making and selling a cookbook, along with other fundraising ideas. The funds are sent to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to be used for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. These ladies are also committed to raising awareness to help “Turn the Tide of HIV /AIDS in Africa”.
The Uganda grandmothers are central to the life of their communities. They now not only have to care for orphaned grandchildren, putting them through school and helping them with the loss of their parents while dealing with their own grief All who have been devastated by the AIDS virus. Many of these grandmothers also have the virus themselves.
Both Carol and Rosemary had attended a Ugandan Nations Grandmothers Gathering and seen firsthand the efforts and strength these ladies in Uganda are working at. They have been taught how to grow their own gardens, agriculture and harvesting crops, and create income-generating programs. They are courageous advocates for their families and communities and their voice is growing stronger – pressing for their human rights and a hopeful future. Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a growing movement.
Both ladies were wearing beautiful vests which the Uganda grandmothers had made.
Joan also thanked Heather Trakalo who looks after admission and a thank you to Sandra Hachborn who makes the delicious treats for all the meetings.
A very special and sincere thank you to Tim Vegh for helping with a glitch that happened before the meeting. Tim we always can count on you to help!
The next New Horizons meeting will be on Thursday, January 12th at 10 a.m. again at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre. Guest speaker will be Kathleen Barsoum, waste Co-ordinator, Waste Management Division for the Region of Waterloo.
She will be speaking on “Changes in Trash Talk” . Changes in waste management are coming very soon. Everyone welcome