Grannies getting funky in Alberni

Put some grannies together with chairs and crafts and you've got a funky fundraiser for a good cause.

Sam Taylor-Parks checks out funky chairs refinished by his grandmother

The Pago Grannies are getting their funk on this weekend with their second annual funky chair and craft sale.

The Pago Grannies are an Alberni Valley-based organization of grandmothers that help grandmothers in Africa who are raising their children’s children—those orphaned by an AIDS epidemic in that country.

Each year the Pago Grannies take on some fundraising projects—a tag day to support their small administration needs, and at least one larger event to support the work going on in Africa.

“We had a chair sale last year and it was really popular,” Joan Parks said. “Everything sold.”

So the Grannies decided to hold the sale again this year. They have been refinishing, repainting and fixing up donated chairs for the sale.

This year there are more than a dozen chairs, a stool and a matching chair and decorative screen that would look lovely in a little girl’s bedroom, said Parks, who refinished the duo herself.

The items will be priced separately; this is not an auction, she explained.

All monies raised from the funky chair sale will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which started the “grandmothers helping grandmothers” movement in the early 2000s.

The funky chair and craft sale takes place during the farmer’s market’s regular hours this Saturday, July 16. The farmer’s market is located in Spirit Square at Harbour Quay, at the bottom of Argyle Street.

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