Stride to Turn the Tide is a fundraising initiative created in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Annual walks are organized within communities and people of all ages are invited to participate. We walk in solidarity with grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who walk every day to turn the tide of HIV and AIDS. Continued support for African grandmothers is not only imperative because of the ongoing work in response to the AIDS pandemic, but now also in response to the needs of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, ‘Stride to Turn the Tide’ was again virtual, and it was the second year that UJAMAA GRANDMAS joined the ‘Stride’! We just had to act to offset funds lost when our big fall & spring fundraisers were downsized due to Covid-19. Our virtual ‘Stride’ began on June 1st. UJAMAA GRANDMAS registered a team and individuals set up their own pages to raise funds. The goals were 2,000 kms and $20,000! Everyone involved their friends and family to gather donations. And we called on the membership of UJAMAA GRANDMAS to do what they do best, support our African sisters! Many of you answered our call and we so appreciate it!
This year some of us gathered to walk as a small group, individual participants tracked their steps over a period of time. Using the combined total of kilometers walked by participants & “virtually” walking (or cycle, hike, run, practice yoga, gardening, baking, sewing, handcrafting, golfing, etc). We have had some very busy and active grannies! All activities were converted 1 hour of activity = 5 km
Our grand totals for June 2021 activity were: 3350 kms or 167% of our activity goal and $11,120.00 or 56% of our financial goal. We contacted our members & customers on Facebook & had 225 hits.
The feedback we received from Team members was most valuable. People liked that so many activities were included in the virtual walks. Unfortunately, some people struggled with the Stride website to solicit donations & to find the page online. A suggestion of challenges to recruit more Team members will be further explored next year.
Thank you everyone who participated, donated and organized a successful Virtual Stride for UJAMAA GRANDMAS.
Thank you to our Team members: Annette Koelwyn, Cheryl Mills, Dorothy Loucks, Eve Strain, Jan Geggie, Paul Paetkau, Judy Howe, Mona Jones and Marion Shadlock.
Organizing team: Sandra Burgess (Lead), Louise Breadner & Lorraine Campbell