A good old-fashioned Afternoon Tea

Quesnel's Gold Pan Grannies held a Rose in Winter fundrasing tea for the Stephen Lewis Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign

Enid Leather was one of more than two dozen ladies who attended the Gold Pan Grannies’ Roses in Winter Dessert Tea

Although the weather was blustery outside, it was a

warm and gentle atmosphere at the Anglican Church

Hall as women gathered to enjoy a satisfying cup of

tea or a bracing cup of coffee along with delicacies and

sweet treats galore. Quesnel’s Gold Pan Grannies set

tables with linen ware, fine china, gleaming silver and a

variety of tea and coffee pots. Carts of sweet selections

were wheeled around the room by Gold Pan Grannies

resplendent in their Sunday finest with hats of all

descriptions. It seemed the appropriate finish to each

women’s ensemble. The entire soiree harkened back to

days long gone, when afternoon tea was a highlight in

the lives of women. It was a time to dress in your finest

and sport a spiffy new hat. However, this event has

another purpose, one not quite so refined. The Gold Pan

Grannies were formed to support and stand together

with grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who are raising

their grandchildren and other’s grandchildren who

lost their parents to violence and the AIDS epidemic. As

part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers

to Grandmothers campaign, Quesnel Gold Pan Grannies

are celebrating 10 years of solidarity with their amazing

counterparts across the ocean.

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