De-Clutter For a Cause: Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Shelter to Take Place May 14, 2011

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 100 pour cent des profits générés par cet événement financeront les centres locaux d’hébergement pour femmes ainsi que des programmes visant à mettre fin au cycle de la violence familiale

TORONTO, May 4, 2011 – On Saturday, May 14, more than 115 Royal LePage offices across Canada will host the National Garage Sale for Shelter, a one-day charitable garage sale in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation – an organization committed to supporting women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children.

Now in its third year, the event brings local residents together with Royal LePage REALTORS® to raise much-needed funds and awareness to help break the cycle of family violence. Since 2009, the National Garage Sale for Shelter has raised more than $435,000 to support women’s shelters across the country and help fund long-term solutions to end violence in Canada’s homes.

“Violence against women occurs across all ethnic, racial, social and economic groups and in all communities,” says Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “In Canada, more than half of all women will experience abuse during their lifetime, and every year, 360,000 children are exposed to domestic violence – a shocking but very real statistic. That’s why the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation remains committed to raising funds to provide a safe haven for women and children across the country.”

All of the event’s costs are underwritten by Royal LePage and the event’s sponsors, meaning 100 per cent of the revenue generated supports the cause and helps restore hope to thousands of women and children who have experienced family violence.

Members of the community are encouraged to participate and help de-clutter for a cause. Donate gently used items to your participating Royal LePage office and stop by your local Garage Sale for Shelter location on Saturday, May 14 to find some great bargains and help support a worthy cause.

Here are the event details:

  • What: 3rd Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter
  • When: Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • Where: Across Canada! Click here to find your local Garage Sale site
  • Why: To support the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and ending family violence

Need More Info? Click here to watch a video promoting the event. Click here for a fact sheet on the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

Can’t attend the event but still want to donate? Click here to access a printable donation form.

Now in its 13th year, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation supports close to 200 shelters across the country, helping more than 30,000 women and children every year. It’s also committed to funding violence prevention and education programs. Since its inception, the Shelter Foundation has raised $12 million with the help and support of generous Royal LePage agents, brokers, managers and administrative staff, along with members of the communities in which they live and work.

“Helping You Is What We Do™ is not just a tagline, it is our corporate philosophy and it translates into a collective commitment to giving back to the community,” said Phil Soper, President and Chief Executive of Royal LePage. “Royal LePage professionals are tireless in their efforts to create safer homes and safer communities through the Shelter Foundation.”

The National Garage Sale for Shelter is also made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: TD Canada Trust Mobile Mortgage Specialists (National Presenting sponsor), Atlas Van Lines Canada (In-kind Moving and Transportation sponsor) and Advance Commission Company of Canada (Major Event sponsor).

For more information on the National Garage Sale for Shelter, how you can participate and to find your local Garage Sale site, please visit www.royallepage.ca/shelter.

About the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children. Through agent commission contributions and the fundraising activities of the Royal LePage network, we have raised $12 million to help provide a safe haven and new beginnings to 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 the costs of administration, 100 per cent of all money and effort goes toward this important cause.

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 14,000 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 & 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 or refer to Our Company.

For further information, please contact:

Jessica Culp
Fleishman-Hillard
Office: (416) 645-3664
Cell: (647) 302-3127
Jessica.culp@fleishman.ca

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