Author Archives: Patty Cucman

BEAD ALONG – June 7

WHAT:
JEWELLRY CRAFTERS:   If you want to create handmade jewelry for the Bags, Babies, and Beyond sale, please join us the first Wednesday morning of every month.
WHEN:
Wednesday June 7 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 NOON.
WHERE:
After you register, you will be contacted to confirm your registration and location within a day or two. We have room for 6 Ujamaa Grandma members each month at these informal workshops.

SAIT SPRING CONVOCATION ROBES – June 13, 14, 15

WHAT:
It’s that time of year again!  We’ve been offered the opportunity to distribute robes at the SAIT Spring Convocation for an honorarium.  It’s a very worthwhile event.  Last year our
honorarium was $3,700.
WHEN:
This year the dates are June 13 – 15 with with one shift on June 13, two on June 14 and one on June 15 for a total of four shifts.
Each shift is about 5 hours with a break between handing out the robes and collecting them at the end of the event.  Ten volunteers are required for each of the four shifts.
This is a great opportunity to both raise funds and to socialize and meet other UJAMAA GRANDMAS.
WHERE:
SAIT – 1301 16th Ave NW, Calgary

REGISTER HERE

MORE ABOUT EUNICE MANGWANE

Approximately 50 people attended the gathering on May 4th to hear and enjoy Eunice Mangwane from South Africa. Eunice is an inspiration and urged us in both words and song to Never Give Up. It was an at times touching, at times funny and a powerful reminder of why we do what we do.

If you are interested in learning  a bit more about Eunice visit the links below.
https://wn.com/Eunice_Mangwane__Community_of_Hope__Program_5211
http://www.iamwomanseries.com/our-stories/episodes-13-18/eunice-mangwane/

ALISON LONGSON MAY REPORT

What a fantastic result! I’m sure you all know what I’m referring to – yes, of course – this year’s Fabric and Yarn Sale. This is such a great event on so many levels, starting with the donors. There are many reasons people have for clearing out their precious stashes and they don’t want to just throw them out. People love knowing that their contributions are going to help Grandmothers in Africa. Every year, our faithful customers wait eagerly for the sale so they can stock up on the materials they want for their next creative projects and of course, do so very economically Then, very importantly, Ujamaa Grandmas are able to access materials to work their magic and turn them into the wonderful creations we see at the Fall handcrafts sale. So, a few balls of yarn that maybe cost $5 are turned into an exquisite shawl that could sell for $60 or more. What a great business model is that! Finally, we are able to give our proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for their all-important work with our partners in Sub-Saharan Africa.

On another note, I am very excited to be hosting next week, Eunice Mangwane from Keiskamma Trust in South Africa together with Megan Karges, SLF Campaign Officer. I already know Eunice, as my husband and I spent a week with the Keiskamma Trust and were very impressed with the project. This organisation has a strong emphasis on the creative arts, so will be of special interest to all you hand crafters. Eunice has a wonderful story to tell about her life and what led to her work in the area of HIV/AIDS. We are blessed to have her visit us in Calgary and I’m hoping that many of you will be able to attend the special gathering on Thursday, May 4th to hear her powerful voice for yourselves.

CLAY WORKSHOP – MAY 28 & JUNE 11

WHAT:
Join UJAMAA GRANDMAS for a repeat of the popular two-day workshop with Tracy Franks, local ceramics artist and teacher. We will be making buttons, pendants, trivets and other small items that can be added to our handcrafted items or sold at our fall BBB sale.
WHEN:
Day 1, Sunday May 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. We will be creating our clay pieces, which will be fired during the following week.
WHERE:
After you register, you will be contacted to confirm your registration and location within a day or two and will also receive a list of workshop requirements at that time. We have room for 10. Once we reach 10, we will take standby registrations.