Parksville resident cycling for Africa

Grandmothers to Grandmothers supporter will be spinning her wheels for a good cause

Maureen Groves hopes to top the $2

Maureen Groves hopes to top the $2

Maureen Groves from Qualicum Beach is fundraising for her second cycle down Vancouver Island — but she’s not doing it just for fun and exercise.

Rather, Groves, who works with the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, is doing it for a good cause.

That cause is raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.

The ride raises money to help grandmothers in Africa who find themselves supporting children who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The Victoria cycling group raised over $59,000 for the 275 km ride from Campbell River to Victoria last year and they hope their six-year total tops $250,000 this year.

Last year, Groves was able to raise over $2,100 and she is looking forward to topping that total this time around.

“It’s just such a great cause,” she said of the work of the grandmothers’ group. She is also a member of the Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers group.

Thirty women age 50 to 81 will leave Campbell River on Friday, Sept. 7 — with stops in Parksville and Qualicum Beach — and arrive in Victoria on Sept. 9, which is National Grandparents Day.

To donate visit or contact Groves at her Village Clothing store in Qualicum Beach at 250-752-0436,  or drop by in person at her 120 W. Second Avenue location.