In this wonderful Holiday Season of generosity and love for all, I would like to make an appeal to all of my fellow realtors to pledge a gift to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, a Women’s Shelter Program for abused and battered women and their children. Especially at this time of year, when our own families draw to together to share love and the joy of the season, women who seek shelter with their children need our help more than ever; they need to know they are not forgotten.
The Shelter Foundation has become a cause that is near and dear to my heart, providing a safe place for 30,000 abused women and children across our great nation each year. It is the only Charitable Foundation in the country supported by a real estate company, and the Royal LePage Foundation handles all administrative costs, allowing 100% of your donation to reach women and children in need. That is 100%!
Not only does the Foundation provide a safe, sheltered environment for victims of family violence, they also promote violence prevention and education programs to reduce the incidence of domestic violence across Canada.
While the Foundation holds a nationwide Garage Sale to raise awareness and funding each spring, it is the real estate agents and clients of Royal LePage who make the program so successful. These generous folks contribute in excess of $14 million each year through the donation of a portion of their commissions to the Foundation. Not only do these agents and brokers contribute cash to the cause, these generous people also give freely of their time, goods, and services, as well as sponsoring local fund-raising events to promote awareness and education to end domestic violence.
If cash is tight for you this Holiday Season, please contribute time and energy. Remember, by helping others, we also help ourselves. For inspiration, you may wish to visit www.shelterfoundation.ca, where you can read stories of hope and bravery contributed by families who’ve been helped by the Foundation, and who have overcome the cycle of family violence.
Here is to an ongoing and successful online relationship…
John Lusink, CCIM, Broker of Record & Managing Partner of Royal LePage York North Realty