Christmas Party 2019
On December 12 we met once again at Maxine B’s beautifully decorated house to celebrate Christmas, and all that we had achieved in 2019. Everyone brought food to share, so we had a delicious meal and enjoyed each other’s company.
This year we took time to remember one of our group who had recently passed away: Marg Hogan, who was a wonderful friend and a devoted Angeler. She had been a member of our group for many years, and will be sadly missed.
Thank you Maxine for opening up your house for our party. We all appreciate your flair for making your house look festive.
Our good friend Marg Hogan with angels for sale.
Fiesta World Craft Bazaar
When: November 16 and 17
Where: Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay
We had our most successful Fiesta ever! Our booth was crowded with customers, many of them keen to buy our environmentally-friendly products – eco-wraps, produce bags, sandwich wraps, and veggie crispers. Felted gnomes and other critters also flew off the tables, and we sold 58 AIDS Angels. Many items completely sold out! Both cashiers and sellers benefited from the orientation at Dianne W.’s house. They knew the products, encouraged sales, took payments without a hiccup, worked hard, and enjoyed the bustle. We made a record $8,750.80 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
A big thank you to all who worked so hard to create our beautiful crafts: the sewers, felters, smockers, and Angelers, and the Grannies who made and packaged eco-wraps and produce bags. A big thank you also to those who set up the beautiful display, sold our wares, managed the cash desk, and cleared up at the end. Thanks once again to Dave Talbot for his energy and devotion and helping us out with an extra table and power so we could light up our display.
Kerry W. makes our eco-wraps by brushing cotton squares with a mixture of beeswax, jojoba oil and damar resin. She then heats them briefly in the oven to make sure they are thoroughly infused with the mixture, and hangs them to dry.
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Close process pictures.
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Red Scarf Campaign
Where: Downtown Courtenay
Glacier Grannies gathered for Knitting Bees and partnered with AVI (AIDS Vancouver Island Health and Community Services) and VIRL (Vancouver Island Regional Libraries) to host two Public Knit-Ins held at Courtenay Public Library. We had fun knitting up a red scarf storm in support of AVI’s Red Scarf Campaign.
The Red Scarf Campaign is a movement bringing community together to raise real awareness and knowledge about the positive advances in HIV&AIDS treatment and prevention. Red Scarf stands against stigma to improve the lives of those living with, affected by and at risk for HIV&AIDS in our community.
A tag that carries an important message about HIV&AIDS prevention, stigma and the World AIDS Day testing event was attached to each scarf and on November 21st the Red Scarves were displayed throughout Courtenay’s downtown core.
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When: September 7
Where: Comox United Church Parking Lot
Many grannies brought their cars and opened their “boots” (aka trunks!) to sell gently-used items.
The event raised $1317.62 for the Foundation.
Lunch for cyclists - Victoria Grandmothers for Africa Cycle Tour
When: September 6
Where: An ocean-side property in Union Bay
About 30 cyclists took part in the tour this year, riding from Campbell River to Victoria, a distance of 275 kilometers. As Laura Wilson, of the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa writes, “the potential difficulties, and the rain-or-shine commitment to the event, create a feeling of solidarity with the energetic and tireless African Gogos this group of women, and their sponsors, are supporting.”
We were privileged to provide lunch for these intrepid women and their support team, including 2 local riders, Maxine B. and Sue T. We entertained them on Bette A.’s beautiful ocean-side property in perfect weather. The cyclists arrived a little earlier than scheduled, but were happy to sit and relax in the sun, and then to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Donna G. and her team.
Many Grannies were there to greet the cyclists and to cheer them on their way. We were also happy that Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox, came to add her encouragement and good wishes to the riders.
Thank you to Bette A. for her hospitality, Donna G. and her helpers for the wonderful meal, and the Grannies and Grand Others who helped with set-up, take-down, parking and traffic control.
Our luncheon raised an additional $336 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
When: September 1, 2 & 3
Where: Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens
Descriptions of the event: open
Over three days of lovely sunny weather, we were pleased to make $1,813 for the Foundation.
Thank you to all the grannies and grand others who set up our stall, sold our sewn and felted crafts, and then packed everything up and took it back to storage.
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Help relieve the suffering from HIV/AIDS today and donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Individually hand-crafted by a group of Glacier Grannies, these beautiful Angels are a wonderful keepsake or gift.
Each Angel comes with a personalized name card which explains the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.