Grandmothers complete 275 km fundraising bike ride in Victoria

Grandmothers for Africa riders were elated when they arrived at the finale of the fundraiser at Mile 0 in Victoria on Sept. 10, 2023.

After three days, 30 grandmothers arrived at Mile 0 in Victoria to complete their 275-kilometre fundraising bike ride from Campbell River.

The ride, called Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, has been ongoing since 2006 with the goal of raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help grandmothers in Africa raising children orphaned by the HIV epidemic.

The Campbell River to Victoria ride takes place over three days, but a number of rides have been going on for the past month to raise money for the cause.

The grandmothers, all aged 55 or older, have been going out on set rides between Aug. 13 and Sept. 10.

Since the ride began, the group has raised over $2 million for the charity.

One rider, Peggy Frank, has been part of the ride for 17 years.

“My joy in cycling deepens when I reflect on why we ride together all year,” Frank said.

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