Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

May 19, 2010 07:26 ET

Royal LePage: Breaking Records to Break the Cycle of Violence

National Garage Sale for Shelter Raises More Than $300,000 to Help Abused Women and Children Across Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - On Saturday, May 15th over 120 Royal LePage offices hosted record breaking garage sales in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, raising more than $300,000 to end violence against women and children in communities across Canada. In 2009, the National Garage Sale for Shelter raised $120,000.

The 2nd annual National Garage Sale for Shelter is a community event which brings local residents together with Royal LePage REALTORS® to collect gently used household items for sale, with all proceeds generated supporting local Canadian communities.

Every dollar raised by the National Garage Sale for Shelter supports local women's shelters, as well as national and provincial programs to help stop the cycle of violence. All proceeds from the garage sales go directly to the cause because Royal LePage underwrites 100 per cent of the administration costs.

This year, with the generous support of our local communities, TD Canada Trust (National Presenting sponsor), Atlas Van Lines Canada (In-kind Moving and Transportation sponsor) and Advance Commission Company of Canada (Major Event sponsor), we more than doubled last year's record and raised more money and awareness than ever! 

"Helping You Is What We Do is not just a collection of words that sits beneath our logo. Royal LePage agents, brokers and staff care deeply about giving back to the community," said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of Royal LePage.

The National Garage Sale for Shelter helps restore hope to more than 30,000 women and children across Canada. "Half of Canadian women will experience abuse in their lifetime and 360,000 children are exposed to domestic violence each year. Thanks to events like the National Garage Sale for Shelter, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is working hard to help create safer homes and safer communities," said Sandra Diaz, executive director, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

Since 1999, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has donated more than $10 million to support women's shelters, violence prevention and education programs across Canada.

Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charity, empowering sales representatives making a tangible difference on both local and national levels. 

About the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada's largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting shelters and ending violence against women and children. Through agent commission contributions and the fundraising activities of the Royal LePage network, we have raised over $10 million to help to provide a safe haven and new beginnings to more than 30,000 women and children each year. To break to cycle of violence, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation also supports long-term violence prevention and education programs. All funds raised by Royal LePage offices remain in their local community and because Royal LePage pays the costs of administration, 100 per cent of all money and effort goes toward this important cause.

For more information on the National Garage Sale for Shelter, and the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, please visit www.royallepage.ca/shelter.

About Royal LePage

Royal LePage is Canada's leading provider of franchise services to residential real estate brokerages, with a network of nearly 14,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations across Canada. Royal LePage is managed by Brookfield Real Estate Services, and is part of a brand family that includes Royal LePage, Real Living, Johnston and Daniel, and La Capitale Real Estate Network. An affiliated company, Brookfield Real Estate Services Fund, is a TSX listed income trust, trading under the symbol "BRE.UN."

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