Old Orchard Blossoms

Old Orchard Blossoms

In solidarity with Grandmothers in Africa through the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation


Many of the items we sell are Fair Trade. When you purchase Fair Trade items not only do you support the grandmothers in Africa, but also craftspeople in developing countries who are guaranteed fair wages...
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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE…   Are you interested in donating to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign? $0.90 of every $1 goes directly to the grassroots organizations in Africa, which support grandmothers. All donations over $20...
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Are you interested in joining the Old Orchard Blossoms? We always welcome new members, grandmothers and “grand-others” – and new ideas. We meet on the second or third Monday afternoon of each month at the Church of St. Timothy,...
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About Us and Our Partners

Old Orchard Blossoms

Inspired by the amazing grandmothers from Africa 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 and its Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign . Our mandate is to raise awareness of the grandmothers’ supportive role in the HIV and 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 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 10,000 grandmothers in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. This money has been raised through a variety of projects such as concerts, pub nights, author talks, wine tasting, afternoon tea, an African dinner and sales of greeting cards, crafts, quilts, jewelry, books and milkweed plants, and by participating each year in the national fundraising walk, Stride to Turn the Tide.

Stephen Lewis Foundation

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a progressive, feminist organization rooted in the principles of social justice, international solidarity, and substantive equality. The SLF was created with the express purpose of supporting community-led organizations working on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.
Many of these grassroots organizations were originally formed by small groups of individuals responding to the crisis AIDS had wrought in their own lives and in the lives of their neighbours. Over the years, they have developed into thriving local institutions with deep connections to their communities. The SLF’s community-led partners are turning the tide of HIV and AIDS by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, LGBTIQ individuals, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Since 2003, the SLF has partnered with 335 community-led organizations on more than 2100 initiatives in the 15 countries in Africa that have been hardest hit by HIV and AIDS.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was launched in 2006, as an initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, in response to the emerging crisis faced by grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2006, more than $40 million has been raised in support of grandmothers and the community-led organizations who support them. In the face of discrimination based on gender, age, and HIV status, they are courageous advocates for their families and communities.

Other Toronto and GTA Grandmother Groups

There are several grandmother groups in and near Toronto and we all support the same cause – the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We often put on events or sales together, and each group is involved in selling original items to support our work. All groups welcome new members. You might be interested in checking out these other groups:

Grandmothers Partnering with Africa https://grandmotherspartneringwithafrica.com/

Brookbanks for African Grannies https://www.brookbanksforafricangrannies.com/

Toronto Grandmothers Embrace https://torontograndmothersembrace.ca/

GranAurora http://granaurora.ca/

Togogos https://www.togogograns.org/

Upcoming Events

See “Blind Ambition” the movie at Hot Docs (live or live-streamed) in support of

the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign!

You are invited to a fun benefit screening of the film Blind Ambition at Hot Docs Theatre on Thursday March 30 at 6:00 PM.  For those who can’t make it to the theatre that night, the movie will also be available to stream to your home for 48 hours from 6:30 PM on March 30.

Blind Ambition is the life-affirming and true story of the completely-unlikely journey of four Zimbabwean refuges who become world-class sommeliers and compete in the “World Wine Tasting Championships” in Burgundy, France. Described on Rotten Tomatoes as “heartwarming and inspirational”, “a rich and satisfying subject”, “a rousing immigrant story begging to be told”, it is the winner of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award.

Your theatre ticket includes a glass of wine donated by our sponsor, The Wines of South Africa for guests 19+.  This live event will include an interview after the film with a local sommelier, Beverly Crandon, on stage.

Ticket sales support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.


WHEN:  Thursday March 30, 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM screening. Doors open at 5:30 PM

WHERE:  In person at Hot DocsTheatre (506 Bloor St West) or live-streamed to your home for 48 hours, starting at 6:30

TICKETS:  $25 ($20 for HotDocs members) includes a glass of wine before, and an interview with local sommelier Beverly Crandon after, or livestreaming for those who can’t attend in person.


If you would like to make a donation to this event, you can make a donation here.



Join Us

Are you interested in joining the Old Orchard Blossoms? We always welcome new members, grandmothers and “grand-others” – and new ideas. We meet on the second or third Monday afternoon of each month 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 oldorchardblossoms@gmail.com.

BECOME A FRIEND – Meetings aren’t your thing? Consider becoming a “Friend of the Old Orchard Blossoms” and volunteer during events. We will keep you posted on upcoming events and sales.