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Soup's on, in handmade bowls, for grandmothers

Local potters are supplying hand-made pots for a fundraiser to support African grandmothers looking after children with AIDS.

Local potters are supplying hand-made pots for a fundraiser to support African grandmothers looking after children with AIDS.

Gillian McMillan is one of several potters with the Tri-City Potters Society who are donating bowls for the Coquitlam Gogos Soup's on for African Grandmothers, set for Tuesday, March 8 at Heritage Woods secondary school in Port Moody.

"We are just doing our bit," said McMillan, a longtime PoMo potter who is collecting bowls from others locally and expects to have 100 for the event.

Participants pay $35 a ticket for the dinner and get to take home the bowl after the event.

Proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, which supports grandmothers and orphans through food, micro loans for business, school fees, housing grants and counselling programs.

Coquitlam Gogos ("gogo" means grandmother in Zulu) are among more than 240 grandmother groups across Canada - about 5,000 women - that are involved in this campaign, which has raised more than $10 million since 2006.

The soup bowl fundraiser will also include entertainment, a silent auction and a presentation about the Grandmothers Campaign and African grandmothers. You can buy tickets in advance by calling Pam at 604-469-0265.

For information about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, visit www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

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