Oomama of Oakville – is a very busy group. Their Virtual Stride, ‘Halton Team’ has already begun, in partnership with The Bronte Grans. The online market is doing well, thanks to several members who are sewers.
*The Stride scarves from several years ago are being made into Stride masks, (3 layers). Oomama.org has a link to their marketplace. Oomama has also been doing zoom power-point presentations to local organizations – UWC, CARP
Blooms for Africa of Hamilton – a large number of the group’s members are active on zoom. Recently the group broke up into sub-groups to discuss fundraising ideas:
Blooms will again hold a Virtual Stride in the month of May
The Bronte Grans of Oakville – are members of the Stride ‘Halton Team’. Several members of the group have health conditions, so they sponsor other members if they can’t participate.
Nyanyas of Niagara – only the Steering committee has met, but keeps in contact with their large list of group members with phone calls. They may participate in Stride this year as a virtual fundraiser. What the group is looking into is a fundraiser connected to Together in Concert. The idea would be to partner with a local café to provide African desserts for take-out. The desserts could be combined with interesting facts about the country of origin, as an educational tool.
Omas Siskona of Kitchener-Waterloo – Omas Siskona agreed to host the 2020 S & W ON Region Gathering. This had to be cancelled, and will have to be cancelled for 2021 as well, but since the group has already done much of the planning, it is willing to host a Gathering once it is possible to do so.
The group has had to cancel the Off the Wall Art Sale and the Trunk Sale. The Chocolate, Chat and Change fundraiser was done differently, with donations sent in. The group has been using this time to raise awareness about the SLF, using activities that highlight the countries the SLF works in, and the projects the SLF partners with.
Burlington Ubuntu Grandwomen – started zoom in the fall. The group is focusing on Together in Concert. Their website has been updated, with links to the SLF and the concert.
Come June, they are looking towards having an outside meeting with food delivered. They may also have some sort of get-together to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the campaign.
*members who had been very active in the group now feel that they are not contributing, and they should leave. Knowing how members are reacting to changes during the pandemic is an important consideration for all groups.