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Victoria Royal Lepage For Women's Shelter

Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Women's Shelter - Raised over $300,000 Across Canada!

This was the biggest fundraiser in the history of the Shelter Foundation and the biggest charity garage sale ever in Canada. In 2009 we were thrilled to raise $120,000 at our first National Garage Sale for Shelter.  This year, because of the effort and the generosity of Royal LePagers from coast to coast, we shattered that record to raise more than 2 ½ times last year's total to put towards helping abused women and children across Canada.

Because of you, families lives will be forever changed. 

Because of you, children will be able to sleep through the night and women will be safe.

An extra special thank you goes out to our extraordinary sponsors - Atlas Van Lines Canada, TD Canada Trust Mobile Mortgage Specialists and Advance Commission Company of Canada.  Their generous support and unparalleled commitment to our cause and Royal Lepage is incredible. 

Every dollar raised by the National Garage Sale for Shelter support local women's shelters, as well as national and provincial progarms 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 adminstration costs.

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.  Watch this short video to hear some real life experiences of how this is making a difference.

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, empowers its sales representatives making a tangible difference on both local and national levels.  Here's how it works:  In every transaction I am involved in a portion of my fees are donated to The Womens Shelter for Victoria.  It's that simple and is obviously very effective. 

Let's face it,  we live in times that are complex and often can be very harsh.  I think all of us know someone, or have ourselves been involved in an abusive relationship at some point in our lives, whether it is someone taking your money from you, throwing furniture across the room while you are holding your baby on your hip or more slowly and insidiously taking control of your life by isolating you from your family and friends. Maybe it is all of those things.  Maybe it is being humiliated in front of your child by your boyfriend or spouse. Maybe it is rape or some other form of violence then escalating to murder.  Abuse comes in many forms.

No one should have to live with abuse - ever.  It takes an incredible amount of courage to step away and stay away from the abuser.  It can be done and must be done.  From that moment you are a different women and are changed forever. 

Thank you to all of you that brought items for the garage sale last weekend and those of you who purchased items from the garage sale.  Everything is helpful.  By helping others we are actually the ones getting the gift.  I know the Shelter feels that they are receiving the gift but I feel I am getting the gift.

If you have any questions about the Womens Shelter or Victoria Real Estate please call me to discuss.  I am an experienced award winning REALTOR® licenced since 1990.  I look forward to hearing from you and until then please stay tuned for more updates or you can follow me on twitter at and know that together we can make a difference.

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