Grandmothers to Grandmothers Get Set to Tee Off
Prince George, B.C. – Another golf tournament fundraising event is set for this month, and this one has an international flavour.
Set for the 25th of June at the Alder Hills Golf course, this event has been organized by the Grandmothers to Grandmothers group in Prince George.
The Grandmother to Grandmother Society is part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and is aimed at providing grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa with things they need to raise their grandchildren who have lost their parents to HIV-AIDS.
The Foundation started the Society after recognizing it was the Grandmothers who were taking on the role of raising the children says Prince George chapter member Ruth Meger “Most of the generation below them, their own children, a large number have passed away. So the grandmothers are raising their own grandchildren and the grandchildren of the villages. Some have 15 in their household.”
The Prince George chapter is relatively young having been organized in the late fall of 2015. But since launching, this chapter has already provided about $15 thousand dollars to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother Society. Meger says the dollars support a variety of initiatives “Sometimes its food for the children, educational supplies, uniforms and school fees, medical care, HIV counselling and testing, because some of the grandmothers themselves are HIV positive, adequate housing and bedding support groups and home visits .”
The Golf tournament fundraiser will cost $65 dollars to enter for 18 holes of golf and dinner. It will start around 1 pm. Meger says you don’t have to be a great golfer to take part “It’s a best ball format, so everybody goes to where the best ball in your group is and you all lay down your ball and play from there.” The event includes prizes, a silent auction and a putting contest.
The one thing this event doesn’t have is a fundraising goal says Meger “When we began we said we weren’t going to stress about meeting (fundraising) goals, we’re just going to do fundraisers we have fun at, and that whatever we earn to send in, will be more than they had, so we’re not going to stress about amounts of money, we are just going to do what we can.”
You can find more information on this event or to pre-register, by contacting any one of the following people
- RUTH MEGER
- LOUISE EWEN
- MARIE PARKER