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Harambee Grandmas making a difference

Posted on October 2, 2019 by Lethbridge Sun Times
Photo submitted by the Harambee Grandmas The Harambee Grandmas’ annual fabric sale, set for Oct. 26, will once again feature lots and lots of goodies for people who like to sew.

Submitted by the Harambee Grandmas
The Harambee Grandmas invite you to their fourth annual Fabric Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The sale will be held at McKillop United Church, 2329 15 Ave. S., Lethbridge, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Your visit guarantees great fun and amazing bargain prices on fabric, knitting supplies, how-to books, patterns, and assorted sewing notions.
If possible, we encourage you to remember to bring your reusable shopping bags!
“As we all know,” says Harambees’ group member Mardi Renyk, “the visual arts in southern Alberta communities are alive and well. That includes the amazing works of those who have chosen fabric or yarn as their medium. Whether their creations are for personal use or are done in support of various charitable organizations, we want to celebrate their talents in a way that helps to bring joy to others.”
Donations for the sale are welcomed until Oct. 20. Please call Patti Tyrrell at 403-942-3514 or email Deb Smith at harambeegrandmas@telus.net for more information.
Who are we?
Harambee Grandmas is the local chapter of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s “Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.”
Lewis served as Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1984-88 and later worked with UNICEF before spending five years as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In 2003, that experience led him to form the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which works with community-level organizations by providing support to grandmothers and orphaned children in their care in several African countries impacted by the ravages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
In 2006, his foundation initiated the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in Canada which now has over 240 local chapters nationwide. At that time, a small group of dedicated and determined women in Lethbridge took up the challenge and formed the Harambee Grandmas. All of the groups across the country have an African name and ours, in Swahili, means “working together to make a difference.”
Over the years since its beginnings, the Harambees have contributed substantially in various ways in providing hope, empowerment and truly meaningful changes in the lives of the brave women who selflessly tend to the needs of the children in their care. In terms of financial contributions — and with great thanks to our community — to date our local group has raised over $195,000 for this very worthy cause.
Many Lethbridge and district residents will be familiar with the Harambee Grandmas’ endeavours as a result of having attended their Travel Chats at Casa over the past years. As expressed by Judy Scott, longtime group member and co-ordinator of those events, “All of the 27 travel chat gatherings have been amazing and we are so grateful to the generosity and talents of the presenters and to everyone who supported us by attending and offering donations.”
Our thanks go out as well to all those who have participated in our other events, including our art auction and the annual “Stride to Turn the Tide Walk” each June. We invite you to bring your sense of fun and your walking shoes and join us in this happy gathering next year!
The Harambee membership now tops 40 members and more are always welcome. Please contact Judy Scott at 403-320-6772 or judylscott@shaw.ca if you would like to join us.
For more information, you can also find us on Facebook at Harambee Grandmas and visit these websites:

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