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Nyanyas’ African-inspired dinner returns
The campaign’s senior adviser, Ida Mukuka Nambeya, will be a guest speaker at the dinner. (Sourced)

You can get a taste of Africa while raising money for a good cause at the African Dinner to be held at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and will feature a three-course meal with African-inspired dishes. A vegetarian option will also be available.

“The chefs have researched African food and it’s always been delicious,” said Terry Mactaggart, a member of the steering committee for the Nyanyas of Niagara, which is organizing the event. “It’s all African recipes.”

The Nyanyas of Niagara group is supporting the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which was launched by the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help African grandmothers take care of children who have been orphaned by HIV or AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Nyanya means grandmother in Swahili.

The campaign’s senior adviser, Ida Mukuka Nambeya, will be a guest speaker, and entertainment at the dinner will be provided by singer/guitarist Sawyer Dundas.

Since 2007, the Nyanyas of Niagara have sent more than $100,000 to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, Mactaggart said.

There are also more than 240 groups of grandmothers and “grandothers” across Canada which have raised more than $33 million for the campaign. There also are groups in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Nyanyas of Niagara group holds a variety of fundraising events throughout the year in support of the program. It’s been six years since the African dinner was held, Mactaggart told The Lake Report, but it’s back due to popular demand.

“People kept on asking us, ‘When are you going to have the African dinner?’ ” Mactaggart said.

Since the last one, “so many new people have come into town and haven’t experienced that.”

There will also be door prizes and a silent auction with about 25 “incredible items” such as an overnight stay at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa in Cambridge, Ont., a gift certificate from Upper Canada Travel Service, an hour assessment from a personal trainer as well as art objects and jewelry,
Mactaggart said.

Tickets cost $75 per person. To buy tickets, contact Mactaggart at 905-468-2438 or Linda Carleton at 905-327-1354.