Local grandmothers are counting on selling a number of their handmade items at their biggest annual fundraiser of the year this weekend, to help grandmothers and their families affected by the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
“We all put 100 per cent effort into the organization and into this event so we are sure the community is going to support us like they always do,” said Ann Tardiff, member of the Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers.
The Grandmothers’ Christmas Craft Extravaganza will be held at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville Friday, Nov. 23 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 – 4 p.m.
The grandmothers help support those affected by AIDS in Africa by raising funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which puts 90 per cent of the money received directly into the hands of the grandmothers and their family members.
At their Christmas Extravaganza the grandmothers will have an array of their handmade products like the popular African Angels named after children who have died of AIDS, handbags, fascinators, wreaths and also some handmade jewelry made by women in Kenya.
There will be a couple of books for sale with some of the proceeds coming back to the grandmothers and a selection of special hostess gifts. There will be plenty of home baking including shortbread, fudge and loaves. Hot apple cider and other goodies will also be served.
There will be live entertainment at the event featuring Harmonies In The Key of West Coast Quartet, and for a donation people will be entered to win door prizes including a handmade African wall hang and a hand knitted golfer complete with little clubs and club covers.
Last year the Grandmothers raised about $14,000 at the event and they hope to surpass that this year.
There is no charge for admission but donations are greatly appreciated at the door.
For more on the Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers visit www.oceansideg2g.ca.