Rockies for African GoGos (RAGGs) sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising projects in 2011. So far, we have raised just over $8000.00 from ‘Stride to Turn the Tide’ in May, Kazuri Jewellery Sale and Tea in April, corporate luncheons throughout the spring and summer and donations in honour of Pierrette Robinson.
Pierrette was a founding member of our group, and served as our treasurer until her death in October 2011.
Pierrette hosted tea, played scrabble, helped plan and participated in our events, kept records of all donations and money that RAGGs raised, and forwarded the money to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We will miss our dear friend.
How is the money raised by Rockies for African GoGos used by the Stephen Lewis Foundation?
With corporate donations of support services, the Foundation is able to keep administrative costs to 10 percent. Funds development by the Stephen Lewis Foundation claims another 9 percent which leaves 81 percent of all money realized by the Foundation for programs in Africa which include providing school uniforms, safe before and after school care, medicines and home care support for people with HIV/AIDS, grief counselling and play therapy for children whose parents have died from HIV/AIDS, financial and emotional support for grandmothers who have stepped in to provide for their orphaned grandchildren – all goals that express the commitment of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and volunteers who work on its behalf.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation was established in 2003 to assist grassroots organizations in Africa with resources to confront the monumental challenges of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the continent.
Basically, the Foundation supports hands-on programs designed to bridge the social turmoil created by a disease with catastrophic consequences and no cure, to give hope for a future and concrete ways for people to carry on with grace.
Do you want to be part of a very diverse group of grandmothers and grandothers, one of more than 200 in Canada, who walk together, bake together, spell and sell together, and share some pretty fantastic ways to help African GoGos (grandmothers)? Then give us a call: Davene Dunn at 250-344-5508, Kathryn Cameron at 250-343-6065 or Terry Schiesser at 250-344-4646. We will be thrilled to welcome you, and put you to work. And, stay tuned for our next round of fundraising fun!
To learn more about the Stephen Lewis Foundation, please visit the website at www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.