After two months and 40 stops from coast to coast, the AfriGrand Caravan will come to a close tonight in Victoria, BC. It’s been an amazing cross-country journey with more stories than can possibly be told (at least not on a single blog!). We can at least share with you this story from the Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers, who hosted Monday night’s Caravan stop in Nanaimo with grandmother Tsabile and granddaughter Thandeka. They’ve posted some fantastic pictures from the event, which you shouldn’t miss. Check it out by clicking here.
Pat Thornton is a Toronto-based comedian with a seriously funny Dare.
From Monday, November 15, at 6 p.m. to Tuesday, November 16, at 6 p.m., Pat will be doing stand-up comedy for 24 hours straight at Comedy Bar in Toronto. Pat will be helped out by a crack team of comedy writers, a slew of corny joke books, people who send him jokes via his Twitter page, and industrial-strength doses of caffeine. Last year Pat pulled off a 24-hour joke fest and raised over $5000 in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s A Dare to Remember campaign. This year he has set his goal at $6000, and is already well on his way there.
Pat will be joined at Comedy Bar by another Darer, the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Jerad Gallinger. His Dare is the 24-Hour Tweet Feat: Jerad will watch all 24 hours of Pat’s set, tweet the whole thing on his Twitter account, and laugh at every joke — whether it’s funny or not!
The Comedy Network will be broadcasting Pat’s stand-up set live on its website, along with Jerad’s tweets. Watch as they both descend into sleepless delirium starting Monday, November 15, at 6 p.m.
Funds raised by Pat, Jerad and other Darers support the work of grassroots organizations Turning the Tide of AIDS in Africa. You can donate to Pat’s Dare by clicking here, and to Jerad’s Dare by clicking here.
“Grandmothers Stand Up! Granddaughters Speak Out! Communities Take Action!”
This is the call that heralds the arrival of the historical cross-Canada tour of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s AfriGrand Caravan when it stops in Courtenay on Tuesday, November 9.
We shall have a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from African Grandmother, Tsabile Victoria Simelane and teenaged granddaughter, Thandeka Carol Motswa, when they speak to us of their challenges in dealing with the crisis of HIV/AIDS unfolding in sub-Saharan Africa.
The AfriGrand Caravan left St John’s Newfoundland on September 7 and is stopping in 40 towns and cities across Canada, ending up in Victoria on November 10.
Mark Roe, Sports Anchor on /A\ News in Barrie, Ontario, is not much of a skater. With that fact firmly in mind, Mark will attempt figure skating — on TV, for all the world to watch — as his Dare for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s A Dare to Remember campaign.
With the help of Mariposa School of Skating instructor and Olympic skater Tugba Karademir, Mark will learn how to do a 3 turn into a 2-foot upright spin and perform it on the air on World AIDS Day (December 1, 2010).
It’s that time of year again — the rain seems never ending, the cafeteria food is starting to make you consider going on a cleanse, and the reality of three midterms and a paper happening all in the same week are combining to make life seem just a little lame. As students, it’s easy to get caught up in our own world of deadlines and exams, and we sometimes need to be reminded of how people live elsewhere in the world. The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s “A Dare to Remember” campaign aims to do just that.
Joanna Henry, Grandmothers Campaign Coordinator with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, brings us her latest reflection on her time on the AfriGrand Caravan. (You can read her previous dispatches here.)
The room is quiet, chairs and armchairs are filled and everyone is gathered in a semi-circle around a large leather sofa holding the two guests of honour, a grandmother and a grand daughter from Swaziland. The gas fire is “crackling”, lamps are low, and just outside the large picture window you can see the moonlight glinting off random crags and peaks, hinting at the snow capped mountains of Banff that tower just outside, giving all in this space a sense that we are as snuggled into the landscape as we are into the warmth of the room.
The silence is laced with expectation. The introductions have been made and the listeners are waiting for Tsabile Simelane, otherwise known as Gogo Nde, the newest African Grandmother on the Caravan, to begin speaking.
Here are some more videos from the AfriGrand Caravan, courtesy of Sarah Moffat. The first is of Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, executive director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, speaking at an AfriGrand Caravan event at the University of Toronto. The second and third videos are in-studio footage of Nkulie and Regina’s interview on Metro Morning with host Matt Galloway.
Happy Monday, Darers! While you’re gearing up for the week ahead, check out this video of Team Daring Vancouver taking A Dare to Remember out into the streets. The team ventured out into the city’s downtown to see what other Vancouverites have Dared to do, and to get them to perform some Dares for the camera!
This ad features comedian Pat Thornton. Pat’s Dare last year was to perform 24 hours straight of stand-up comedy. He’s doing it again this year, and hopes to raise $6000 for community-based organizations working to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.