Granny walk in rodeo parade

Gold Rush Grannies of the South Cariboo will be saying “Giddyap,” as they walk to raise money this weekend for grandmothers in Africa.

It’s a nation-wide walk, called Stride to Turn the Tide, and the South Cariboo grannies, which number nearly 40, will start theirs off right after they march in the Little Britches Rodeo Parade on May 21.

Following the parade, the grannies who are able, will continue to walk through Exeter Valley as far as they can.

Wendy Hamblin, chairperson for the local group, expects about 15 members will do the extended walk.

“We have some elderly grannies.”

They will be collecting pledges until then, hoping to meet or beat the $1,950 they raised last year.

The money will be turned over to the Steven Lewis Foundation, which will disperse it to grandmothers in Africa who care for grandchildren orphaned by AIDS/HIV.

Look for the grannies in the parade, wearing black T-shirts and their signature bright orange scarves, which are made in Africa.

Pledges for the walk can be made online at www.grandmotherscampaign.org.