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Nelson grandmother chosen to go to Africa

Nelson’s Sharon Henderson has been chosen to represent the local Grans to Grans on an educational trip to Sub-Saharan Africa. - Submitted photo
Nelson’s Sharon Henderson has been chosen to represent the local Grans to Grans on an educational trip to Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Sharon Henderson of the Nelson Grans to Grans group has been selected as one of only 22 Canadian grandmothers to represent the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign on an educational trip to Sub-Saharan Africa.

The trip is organized by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. In March 2014, they will visit grassroots projects in Ethiopia, Botswana and South Africa.

This trip expresses the group’s solidarity with African grandmothers and enhances and deepens understanding and ability to raise critical funds and awareness — by witnessing first-hand the resilience and ingenuity of African grandmothers in the face of HIV and AIDS.

Henderson will offer post-trip speaking engagements to interested groups about her experiences and the transformative work at the grassroots that is turning the tide of the AIDS pandemic.

Canadian grandmothers have raised an astonishing $19 million for African grandmothers since 2006. It is staggering and has made a tremendous difference at the grassroots level. Yet, it is still a scratch on the surface compared to the urgent needs across the continent.

The public can support Henderson and the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, by donating Aeroplan points to Aeroplan’s Beyond Miles at http://beyondmiles.

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