Marylee Banyard is one of the Nelson Grans walking in solidarity with African grandmothers who shoulder the burden of looking after their grandchildren due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic there. Photo: Grans video screenshot

Marylee Banyard is one of the Nelson Grans walking in solidarity with African grandmothers who shoulder the burden of looking after their grandchildren due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic there. Photo: Grans video screenshot

VIDEO: Nelson grandmothers on virtual walk across South Africa

Grans to Grans are raising money for African grandmothers

Members of Nelson Grans to Grans are walking across South Africa, virtually, to raise money for African grandmothers.

Marylee Banyard, shown in the video below, is walking every day for a month on her porch and at the park. She and other Nelson Grans have already walked 3,045 kilometres.

You can follow their route on the Grans’ website, with daily photos and information about the route from Capetown to Kruger National Park.

Contributions can be made using the donation button on the website. Donations are requested, as the Grans say, in solidarity, not for charity, until the end of the walk on June 7.

“While we have the privilege to walk for pleasure and exercise,” say the Nelson Grans, “African grandmothers walk every day collecting firewood and water or are on their feet all day long supporting their grandchildren and the orphans in their care.”

Grans to Grans is an international project of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, working with grandmothers in African countries hardest hit by the global AIDS pandemic, where there are still thousands of young women infected each week.



bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

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