Winnipeg fundraiser aims to help grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa – Winnipeg Pipa News

Winnipeg fundraiser aims to help grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa – Winnipeg

Grandmothers in Winnipeg have come together at St. Vital Mall to help other grandmothers around the world.

They have spent the past five months working together to organize events in support of women in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Due to the AIDS epidemic in Africa, many grandmothers are facing the daunting task of caring for their grandchildren who lost their parents to a terrible disease,” said organizer Jean Altmeier.

“I do this, as do other volunteers, because we know, as grandmothers, we have not faced the difficulties that grandmothers from Africa face,” said Val Kelberg, volunteer.

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This is the fifth year they have held an “Art from the Attic” fundraiser – in the last two years, the sale was held online due to COVID-19.

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A group known as Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg calls for donations, and then sells the art for five dollars and up.

Roger York Jean Altmeier and Alison York at the storage site.

Roger York Jean Altmeier and Alison York at the storage site.

Jean Sorko / Grands en More

All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help women raising their grandchildren orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We have had an overwhelming response from Winnipegers, who have donated over 1,700 pieces of art,” said Diane Saborin, volunteer.

Bev Bryce in the storage area.

Bev Bryce in the storage area.

Jean Sorko / Grands en More

“Actually, the response has been great, we stopped taking donations from August 20th.”

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The donations are wide and varied, ranging from print, watercolor, oil, acrylic, decor, contemporary, classic, realistic and abstract art.

Additionally, there were some notable pieces such as an original Hubert Theroux, an early Robert Hurley and some indigenous pieces.

According to volunteer Beverly Suk, sales from fundraisers average $30,000 each year.

“It’s amazing, the donations we get are great. And people know they are donating to a good cause and cleaning their attic as well,” she said.

This was the first year the event was held in a shopping centre, with a large turnout.

“It’s a lovely place for us and we get a lot of traffic from people who usually don’t know about it, who just happened to shop,” Suk said.


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