Did you know that every night in Canada more than 3,000 women and their 2,500 children stay in a shelter to escape domestic violence? In many cases, these women are literally running for their lives and demonstrating incredible bravery.
Thankfully, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is helping to put an end to violence and abuse.
My partner Ron and I, along with the support of our amazing family, friends and clients, have been raising funds for the Foundation for over 5 years now by hosting and participating in many fundraising events as well as contributing a portion of our commissions to the Foundation.
Locally, our funds are directed to the Red Door Shelter and the Scarborough Women's Centre. We also request a portion of the proceeds to go towards violence prevention programs funded through the Canadian Women's Foundation as well as education initiatives in schools through the FourthR curriculum project.
This year, the Foundation has organized a new initiative - the Machu Picchu Challenge for Shelter. I will be joining a group of colleagues and family members from across Canada for a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek 8000 ft up to the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.
To be eligible to participate, we must raise a minimum of $5,000 each. My daughter will be joining me and we have formed a team to raise $10,000!
If you're like us, you know someone who has been affected by violence or abuse, either in their adulthood or as a child.
- 67% of Canadians say they personally know a woman who has experienced abuse
- and one in three teenagers have reported dating violence
Help us put an end to violence and abuse.