Stride to Turn the Tide is an annual national walk organized by Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign groups across Canada. The walk builds awareness about the HIV and AIDS pandemic and raises funds to support African grandmothers and the children in their care.
This year, the main weekend for Stride to Turn the Tide is June 8–9, 2013. Walks may also be held June 1–2 or June 15–16, 2013.
Stride to Turn the Tide started in 2010, when a group of Canadian grandmothers decided to organize walks to show their support for the courageous grandmothers of Africa. After burying their own adult children, these resilient women take on the responsibility of caring for their grieving grandchildren, often with little to no support. They have become the linchpin of their communities, resurrecting hope and rebuilding their communities.
Stride to Turn the Tide remains a grandmother-led initiative, with a National Steering Committee that includes:
Carole Holmes and Lorraine Green, Stride Co-Chairs
Pam Farron, Past Co-Chair
Sharon Vanclief, Financial Representative
“We stride with our sisters across Canada, in solidarity with our sisters in Africa. They walk every day out of necessity – to collect water and firewood, to make sure their grandchildren are delivered safely to school, to access healthcare at far away clinics, and as home-based care workers who deliver succor and hope to so many living with HIV and AIDS.” – Carole Holmes, Stride Co-Chair
It’s easy to organize or join a walk in your community! Simply call the Stride Coordinator, Shama Joshi, at 1-888-203-9990 x260, or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view some of the beautiful photos taken at last year’s Stride events throughout the country, please click here to view the photos on our Facebook page.
We have also included a number of documents below, to help you plan your walk. Click on any of the items below (in red) to open the document:
Walk Planning Documents
Fundraising & Walk Documents
- PR & Media Toolkit (New)
- Slideshow Presentation (New)
- Poster (to edit, please save file after opening)
- Pamphlet (to edit, please save file after opening)
- Logo Gallery