"Helping you is what we do” is a common saying among Royal LePage owners and staff. That’s because it’s not viewed as just a tagline. It is the corporate philosophy to encourage a commitment to give back to the community. Barb Howey, owner of the Wetaskiwin Parkland Royal LePage franchise explained that is why they stepped forward and awarded Wetaskiwin and District Victim Services a cheque for $2304.00 on November 4, 2013.
“We have been holding a garage sale every year to raise money for our local Women’s Shelter since our National Royal LePage Franchise introduced the idea. Every year we ask for donations from our clients and friends and co-workers for ‘gently used items’ to be put in our sale. The event is always held on the Mother’s Day weekend, on the Saturday. We have had lots of help from local business as well in monetary donations each and every year, and we are very thankful for that.” The money is forwarded to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and as Howey states, “Every penny raised is sent back to our local charity-of- choice from the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. We are blessed to have them. Since we no longer have a Shelter here in Wetaskiwin we choose to support our local Victim Services instead, and will continue to do so in 2014 and the years to come.”
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children. Through agent commission donations and the fundraising activities of the Royal LePage network, they have raised more than $16 million to help provide a safe haven and new beginnings for more than 30,000 women and children each year. To break the 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 all administrative costs, 100 percent of all money and effort goes toward this important cause.
Royal LePage professionals are committed to making a difference. “With the funds raised at the National Garage Sale for Shelter, women’s shelters across Canada can offer a range of services for women and children seeking a refuge from violence,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “In addition to providing a safe place to stay, shelters offer women and children the chance for a new beginning.”
By supporting Victim Services, Wetaskiwin’s Parkland Royal LePage can proudly state, “Helping you is what we do”.