Our major achievements so far, beside our correspondence with the grannies in South Africa is to raise money for the Alexandra clinic attended by the Gogos.
Listed here, as a way to give ideas to others looking for fund raising ideas are
Norma Geggie at right preparing okra.
A Play reading at a well-known local pub:
"A fairly recently formed community theatrical group - The Wakefield Players - offered to put on a ‘reading’ of two plays - our now-famous Black Sheep Inn offered their premises, the ’playwrights’ waived their royalties, our group cooked African finger food for us to serve at intermission.
On a Monday evening with one of the heaviest snowfalls of the season, our fundraiser filled the premises to capacity, the fingerfood looked inviting (if an acquired taste), and we raised just short of $2,000. We realised that we were more than a small group of women, we had an entire community behind us. "
"Our second fundraiser was posted as The Great Grannies Concert—held in September on our covered bridge. We approached several professional musicians with a connection to the Gatineau, who without hesitation offered their services- African dancers, a 60 voice choir, and two instrumentalists."
The ’Tooth Fairies’ are a group of five quilters who are committed to supporting grass root community development projects through the sale of their baby and children’s quilts, along with other small sewn articles. They chose to support the Wakefield Grannies as 100% of the funds raised from the sales would go directly to the grannies in south Africa. In December 2005, a sale was held in the home of one of the Wakefield Grannies and $1400 was raised. Many thanks go out to the quilters who donated the materials, their time and their incredible skills.
September 10, 2006 - Grandparents Day across Canada - the Wakefield Grannies celebrated the day with another concert on the covered bridge: their Second Annual Great Grannies’ Concert. It was a true celebration of community spirit and an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful day of food, fun and music.
A full day of activities beginning with a garage sale and followed by a marketplace, food court, workshops and dancing around the May Pole. The Wakefield Grannies with their popular CD exchange and a new table with donated jewelry were joined by 11 other Granny groups from the Ottawa region who were also selling their fundraising crafts and food.
The Wakefield Grannies were invited to participate at a December 2007 fundraising event in Chelsea, Quebec. And again in 2008. Brilliant and wonderfully touching concerts.
Plant Sale Days 2008 and 2009
The Wakefield Grannies enjoyed much success in 2008 with their Saturday Plant Sales. This venture entailed kind folk donating plants from their gardens and visitors to the market giving donations for them.
Brenda Rooney of Rooney Productions along with Norma Geggie and Linda Gorka came home on March 18,2008 after a highly successful trip to South Africa. They were guest of the city of Johannesburg where they gave a workshop, presented several screenings of The Great Granny Revolution and visited our Gogos in Alexandra. For a first-person account of the trip, click on the title of this paragraph.
A ’sweet’ event to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
The Great Granny Bazaar in the new Community Centre in Wakefield was, predictably, a fantastic success.
The Wakefield Grannies have also been doing their best to inform others of the African Grannies’ plight through their OUTREACH team
After their experience at the Grandmothers’ Gathering in Toronto, four Wakefield Grannies have formed a specialized team of speakers that has since given numerous public and private presentations.
In September 2007, the Wakefield Grannies as member of Canadian Grandmothers for Africa: A National Network, participated in the organisation of the Grandparents Solidarity March an event to give voice, visibility and support for HIV/AIDS in Africa
On March 6, 2009 several Wakefield Grannies were part of a group of Grannies presenting a petition to the Canadian Parliament asking for fairer aid share for Africa.
The Great Granny Revolution in Rome On September 18 2010 Wakefield Granny Brenda Rooney and her partner Robert Rooney flew to Rome to present their film, The Great Granny Revolution at a special fund raising Gala hosted by the Canadian Club of Rome and the Canadian Embassy
We never set out to inspire but our actions did snowballed and we feel at the same time humbled and proud to have inspired young people and older ones alike to get involved and care about Africa.Read bout it in Our Loyal Supporters.