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4th Annual Jazz Brunch Sunday October 6th At Trout Lake Community Centre

2 Oct


The East Van GoGos invite you to their 4th Annual Jazz Brunch this Sunday October 6th.   What is a GoGo you might ask? Gogo is a Zulu word meaning “grandmother”. The Greater Van Gogos which includes chapters in various parts of the Lower Mainland are grandmothers and ‘grandothers’ working in groups to support African grandmothers raising a generation of children orphaned by AIDS.  This network of grandmother groups in south western BC are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

In March 2006, Stephen Lewis, a Canadian humanitarian and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, issued a call to Canadian grandmothers to bond with their African counterparts. In his travels, Lewis noticed the phenomenal grandmothers who had buried their adult children and stepped in to raise the orphans left behind. They needed money for school fees and uniforms, food and other necessities. In the Vancouver area, three women answered the call. They invited a few others and launched Greater Van Gogos in the summer of 2006 with four groups. Although grandmothers in Africa’s many countries are addressed in different ways – ja ja in Uganda, sho sho in Kenya or nyana in Zambia – the word gogo felt right.  Many years later, there are 20 groups registered with approximately 600 members from Vancouver and the surrounding areas.  Together they have raised more than $1 million for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.   The funds are distributed to community level projects supporting grandmothers and the children in their care in 15 sub-Saharan African countries. 

This Sunday’s brunch is a fundraiser for the East Van GoGos at which will be performed vintage jazz, ol’ country and blues with the six-piece band, Black Gardenia, featuring Daphne Roubini. Snacks and beverages included. Suggested donation is $25. Limited seats for this event. To order your ticket contact Sharon, 604-254-4071 or eastvangogos@gmail.com.  The brunch takes place from 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Grandview Room at the Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive.   Come out and support these great GoGos!

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