About the Orangeville GoGo Grannies

Painting by our founder, Chris Elms

We are a group of volunteer "Grandmothers and Others" (mostly others!) based in Orangeville, Ontario, raising awareness and funds for African women who are facing the incredible challenge of caring for grandchildren orphaned by AIDS.

We do this by creating and hosting unique events in our community (African dinners, concerts, Scrabble tournaments, market days, etc.) with all proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

The Grandmothers-to-Grandmothers Campaign was launched on March 7th, 2006 (the eve of International Women's Day) by the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  Its purpose is to:

Encourage awareness in Canada about the African grandmothers' struggle to raise children orphaned by AIDS.

Build solidarity among African and Canadian grandmothers in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Actively support projects that help African grandmothers.  Funds will provide food, school fees, books & uniforms, and opportunities to earn a living.


Call Cathy Whitcombe at (519) 941-9966 or

By the way, "Gogo" is an African word meaning grandmother!

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