Starting on Friday September 8th, a group of grandmothers will be cycling for 3 days to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. They will start in Campbell River and are scheduled to cycle through Union Bay, south of Courtenay at noon on Friday, the first day of a 3 day bicycle ride to Victoria. All are invited to come out and cheer them on at Bette’s home, 4910 Island Highway South, Union Bay. Stay for an al fresco lunch for $10 and meet the cyclists. The Glacier Grannies will be preparing lunch for all the cyclists and their supporters. The cyclists come from many Vancouver Island communities, and will cover the 275-kilometre distance in three days of hard cycling. They put themselves through many months of training in winter drizzle, spring winds and summer heat in order to prepare themselves. Sue Taylor of the Merville Grand Mothers is one of the cyclists. To sponsor the cyclists, go to

Proceeds will support the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which works with grassroots projects and organizations that support grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa and the many orphaned grandchildren they “parent” as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. For more information or to order lunch at the cycling event on Sept 8th, go to

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