Evening of Elegance
In the Fall of 2016, Grandmothers Partnering With Africa joined forces with two other Toronto Grandmother groups to hold an "Evening of Elegance"...a fashion show hosted by Marika Vag , owner of Lady Sophisticate on Avenue Road . While the event was a successful fundraiser, well over 100 people, mostly women with a sprinkling of men had lots of fun. Volunteers from each of the groups, Brookbanks For African Grannies, Togogos and Grandmothers Partnering With Africa swayed the audience with about three outfits each. Lovely clothes, many purchased afterwards with a significant donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The tables were African themed and the evening was topped off with home made refreshments, generously donated door prizes and "gifts". A successful Market Place boosted the evening's revenue.
GPWA "models" Susan and Evelyn.
Tea and Vintage Sale.
In the spring of 2017, GPWA invited donors and other guests for a delightful Sunday afternoon of Tea and treats while browsing vintage jewellery, arts and crafts as well as a variety of African products including a range of finely woven scarves from Ethiopia. We were very please to welcome members of other local Grandmother and Grandother Groups. All proceeds were donated to the Steven Lewis Foundation.
In June 2017, GPWA were front and centre in organizing the eighth annual Toronto Stride event...a national walk to raise funds for the Grandmothers in Africa who are caring for their orphaned grandchildren. This year, Toronto was one of 28 teams across Canada that walked in solidarity for the cause. The walk and picnic was held in Earl Bales Park on a lovely sunny Sunday morning. Over the years, it has evolved into a family affair with clowns, a juggler and amazing mascots. The full walk, along Bathurst St and then through the woods on the escarpment high above the City, lasted about 45 minutes. A shorter version was available for those who could not manage such a long walk. GPWA was represented on the organizing committee and several members came out on the day to volunteer or just participate in the walk. Fundraising took place on line or in person on the day and we are pleased to say we raised $20,000. Toronto Stride is grateful to The Stephen Lewis Foundation for its annual support of this event.
October 24 2017 Jazz Concert
Donne Roberts and Band
The venue was Lula Lounge, the music by Donne Roberts. Almost 200 guests joined us for dinner, silent auction and a very good time. All proceeds were donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
A holiday market selling African made or African style products held at The Mayfair Parkway Athletic Club in Thornhill.