‘Fall Frenzy’ fundraiser features handcrafts

‘Fall Frenzy’ fundraiser features handcrafts

On Friday, Oct. 19 the Oliver Grandmothers for Africa will be hosting their annual Fall Frenzy at Medici’s Gelateria from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. (File photo)

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Come for gelato, coffee or lunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, October 19 at Medici’s.

You will find yourself at the local Grandmothers for Africa Fall Frenzy.

These hard working women like to have fun. They like to be part of the solution and not the problem. The unique and handcrafted items that will be displayed and on sale represent many “woman hours” both here and in Africa as part of their creation.

You will find intricate bead work, wirework animals, pashminas, jewellry, handbags, aprons, bowl buddies, new Little Traveller pins and much more.

The money earned from their sale will all go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for grassroots programs in the under resourced communities of Africa facing the brunt of an ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic.

When you and your friends come out to enjoy getting a head start on your Christmas list, you support women thousands of miles away who carry stories of healing. The identity they form from being part of a network like Grandmothers for Africa has deep meaning for them.

They come into the organization with a loss of hope and dignity but they grow because they are welcomed with love, warmth and open arms and given a place to share their life experiences.

It isn’t just that the grassroots organization helps break the silence and isolation of grandmothers and kids immersed in grief. They come together to deepen their collective understanding and develop strategies to address the crisis created by AIDS.