6th Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter Attracts Thousands of Shoppers and Brings Safety and Hope to Women and Children

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TORONTO, June 17, 2014 – After a long winter, Royal LePage agents, brokers, and staff were eager to celebrate milder weather and the Mother’s Day weekend by hosting the 6th Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter on Saturday, May 10.

This year’s event, held at 115 locations across Canada, raised more than $315,000 in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. The foundation funds 200 women’s shelters and assists more than 30,000 women and children escape abuse each year. With Royal LePage underwriting the administrative costs of the Shelter Foundation and sponsors covering event expenses, every dollar raised goes directly to the cause.

Since 2009, this annual event – believed to be the largest, multi-location charity garage sale in Canada – has generated $2 million. The National Garage Sale for Shelter highlights the commitment of Royal LePage to putting an end to violence in Canadian homes. “Royal LePage professionals are tireless in their efforts to help create safer homes and healthier communities through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation,” says Phil Soper, Royal LePage’s President and CEO.

“Every day in Canada, more than 5,500 women and children are staying in a shelter to escape domestic violence and many more are currently in abusive relationships,” says Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “The National Garage Sale for Shelter brings the community together to offer safety and hope to abused women and their children and the chance to rebuild their lives.”

A special thank you goes out to the event’s national sponsors: TD Canada Trust Mobile Mortgage Specialists, Atlas Van Lines Canada, Your Commission Today, Kaiser Lachance Communications, and Xerox, along with dozens of sponsors at the local level. Their generous support and unparalleled commitment to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation made this event possible.

About the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

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, we have raised more than $18 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. For more information, visit: www.royallepage.ca/shelter

About Royal LePage

Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of over 15,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women’s and children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE. For more information visit www.royallepage.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Ray McIlroy
Kaiser Lachance Communications
647-725-2520 x215
Ray.McIlroy@kaiserlachance.com

Shanan Spencer-Brown
Executive Director
Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
416-510-5750
shanansb@royallepage.ca