Wakefield Grannies grow big smiles in South Africa

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by admin on July 8, 2009

The Editor,

This is a thank you to the people of Wakefield, Quebec and regions beyond.

I have lived in the Wakefield area for over 33 years and have always been amazed at the generosity and warmth that the village and the people give to those who are less fortunate.

Over the month of June I was at the Wakefield market’s plant table and every Saturday, I was moved by the generosity shown by people of Wakefield, Quebec I know, and strangers just visiting the Market, from Ottawa, Aylmer, Gatineau, Buckingham and from across Canada.

Many non-Wakefield people did not know who the Wakefield Grannies were and what our mandate was. After learning about our mandate, many people were curious as to how the clinic we help used the funds we send them.

We had recently received a letter from the nurse who runs the clinic in Alexandria where the AIDS orphaned grandchildren of the Gogos (Grandmothers in Zulu) who we partner with, go for help. In her report she mentioned the young children absolutely ecstatic about receiving toothbrushes, toothpaste and learning about dental hygiene. Some had never seen a toothbrush.

We learned about the older school age children getting real school backpacks to use instead of a plastic bag. These were just two small items that our children take as natural, but for them it was like having Christmas. She also mentioned the extra protein that the families receive with the money we send and various other projects they are able to engage in.

For those of you who are curious for more information, The Wakefield Grannies have a web site – www.thegrannies.org.

For people wondering when we will be back, the plant table will be back in September and into October, and we all look forward to seeing you.

Once again a big thank you to all who came out and adopted plants.

Hope Wilmot

Wakefield