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GranApple Tea supports Stephen Lewis Foundation

By Celina Ip

The Petawawa Grannis raised $1,200 at this year's GranApple Tea in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Pictured here (from left) are volunteer Katrina Slusar, Petawawa Grannies secretary Jean Ostrom and Slusar's grandmother and volunteer Phyllis Goodwin.

The Petawawa Grannis raised $1,200 at this year's GranApple Tea in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Pictured here (from left) are volunteer Katrina Slusar, Petawawa Grannies secretary Jean Ostrom and Slusar's grandmother and volunteer Phyllis Goodwin.

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PETAWAWA – The Petawawa Grannies hosted a GranApple Tea, with proceeds going to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers.

 

Formed in Petawawa almost 10 years ago, the Petawawa Grannies group seeks to raise awareness and mobilize support in Petawawa and Area to be a lifeline for the African grandmothers and their grandchildren orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Though not as big as their annual Petawawa Grannies GranAfrican Dinner that takes place in April, the Oct. 15 fundraiser welcomed more than 90 guests who raised more than $1,200 for the charitable cause.

The annual fundraiser aims educate the local community about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign while raising funds for the cause through the fun and enjoyable afternoon tea.

Taking place at the Petawawa Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517, the GranApple Tea attracted people from all walks of life who were eager to partake in the charitable apple-themed luncheon and purchase some apple-based goods.

With all menu items freshly prepared by Petawawa Grannies, guests indulged in a variety of homemade sandwiches and treats that included chicken-apple-salad sandwiches, apple squares, apple tarts and apple cookies.

“Everything is homemade by our Grannies,” said Ostrom. “And Ted Richardson from Foresters Falls made and donated the apple cider which was very nice.”

Guests also had the opportunity to buy some delicious apple pies, chutneys, jellies and apple butter.

According to Ostrom, the fundraiser was another success thanks to the support received from the Branch 517 Ladies Auxiliary along with all of the dedicated volunteers who helped to cook, clean and set up for the afternoon.

“We couldn’t have done it without the help from the Ladies Auxiliary, they’re always here to help us in the kitchen and with the set-up,” said Ostrom. “We get a lot of support from Heritage Seniors Residence who sponsored 10 of the residents to come for tea here today, so that was wonderful”

To learn more about the Stephen Lewis Foundation, visit www.stephenlewisfoundation.org

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