Inspired by the amazing African grandmothers at the Grandmothers Gathering in Toronto, in 2006, a handful of women at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church decided to support the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) and its Grandmothers Campaign (G2G). Our mandate is to raise awareness of the grandmothers' supportive role in the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa and to raise funds to assist grassroots projects run by and for grandmothers supporting their grandchildren and other orphans created by this pandemic. These amazing African grandmothers are central to the life of their communities and to a whole generation of children.
Since 2006, our numbers have grown to 18 members, and we have expanded to include women from the community. To date, we have raised $280,000 - our contribution to the more than $40 million raised for the Grandmothers Campaign by 240 grandmothers groups Canada-wide. This money has been raised through a variety of projects – concerts, pub nights, wine tastings, afternoon teas, craft sales, penny collections, sales of greeting cards, quilts, jewelry, books and milkweed plants, and by participating each year in the national fundraising walk, Stride to Turn the Tide.
JOIN US - Interested in becoming an Old Orchard Blossom? We always welcome new members, grandmothers and "grand-others" - and new ideas. At the moment, we meet on the second or third Monday afternoon of each month over Zoom, but hope to return to in person meetings soon at the Church of St. Timothy, North Toronto. For more information on our group, send us a message on the 'Contact Us' page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
BECOME A FRIEND - Meetings aren't your thing? Consider becoming a "Friend of the Old Orchard Blossoms" and volunteer during events.
The Old Orchard Blossoms would like to thank Katie Hutchinson of JaneHues Consulting and Chris Caswell of Chris Caswell Design for their help in designing and setting up our website, JaneHues Consulting for designing our business cards, Dwayne Soverall of Omega Communications for printing them for us, Bob Pearson for designing our banner and St Timothy’s Church, North Toronto for providing us with a place to meet, and so much more. We are blessed to have such support!
We have a variety of mostly Fair Trade items for sale. By shopping Fair Trade you support not only the African grandmothers but also artisans in developing nations around the world. Click More to view jewelry, scarves, home decor and more.
We have a large selection of beautiful African-themed greeting cards for sale. Click 'More' below to see all designs and prices.
Our next big event is our annual Stride to Turn the Tide walk in September.
Stay tuned for more information.