Local Gogos host inspirational speaker

An international movement of activist grandmothers is changing the world and Coquitlam Gogos are pleased to be part of it.

Next month, Coquitlam Gogos present author and photojournalist Paola Gianturco will be in town to discuss her new book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon

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The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1-2:30 pm, at the Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch, 575 Poirier St., Coquitlam. The program begins with a slide presentation, followed by question and answer session and a book signing.

Grandmother Power features 120 grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents who are fighting courageously and effectively against poverty, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and human rights abuse.

Gianturco, a grandmother herself, has had her work exhibited at UNESCO's Paris headquarters, United Nations' New York headquarters, Chicago's Field Museum, San Francisco's International Museum of Women and many other venues.

All author royalties will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, which works with projects that support African grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS. Coquitlam Gogos (gogo means grandmother in Zulu) is one of 240 groups of grandmothers and "grandothers" across Canada that support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

To date, the campaign has raised more than $16.5 million for community-based projects providing African grandmothers and orphaned children with psychosocial support, micro-credit loans, school fees and uniforms, shelter and activities such as community gardens and poultry, pig and goat rearing.

Gianturco's full-color images and her amazing tales of heroic grandmothers make Grandmother Power an inspiration for everyone. Visit http://globalgrandmotherpower.com/ for additional information.

Books will be available for sale at the book space signing. Sales are being handled by Black Bond Books which is donating 10 per cent of its profits to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

The program is free but space is limited; register by calling 604-937-4142.

Coquitlam Gogos is part of a local network of Grandmothers Campaign groups called Greater Van Gogos.

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