CAW Supports AfriGrand Caravan Cross Country Tour

September 15, 2010, 10:30 AM EST


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A dedicated group of African grandmothers and granddaughters is travelling right across Canada, sharing their stories, their challenges and triumphs in dealing with the devastation wrought by AIDS.

The caravan, organized by the Stephen Lewis Foundation, will stop in more than 40 communities and kicked off in St. John's, Newfoundland on September 7. It will continue until November.

"The AfriGrand Caravan is an opportunity for Canadians to directly be part of a social justice movement in response to the terrible impact of AIDS," said Assistant to the CAW National President Peggy Nash.  "It's a chance to meet the inspiring and courageous grassroots heroes who lead this struggle on the ground and hold together families and entire communities. Each one of us can be part of turning this tide."

The granddaughters on the trip have been orphaned by AIDS and in many cases, grandmothers take on the role of the primary care giver to their grandchildren after the death of their parents.

The CAW contributed to making this voyage possible, by negotiating the donation of the van from Chrysler and providing the two volunteer drivers, one retired and one active CAW member. CAW President Ken Lewenza is encouraging all local unions to get involved in events in their area. If there is not an event planned for the community, local unions can take the opportunity to organize one.
 
For more information on events or how to plan one in your area, please visit: http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/caravan.htm

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