Royal LePage Shelter Foundation: $1.8 Million Raised in 2010 to Stop the Cycle of Family Violence

TORONTO, March 22, 2011 – The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is thrilled to announce its fundraising total for 2010 – a record-breaking $1.8 million to support abused women and their children across Canada.

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.

“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, half of all women will experience abuse during their lifetime, and every year, 360,000 children are exposed to their mother being abused. That’s why the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation remains committed to raising funds to stop the cycle of family violence.”

The Shelter Foundation’s signature event is the National Garage Sale for Shelter, a one-day charitable garage sale taking place on May 14, 2011 at Royal LePage offices across Canada. Members of the community are encouraged to join in and de-clutter for a cause. Donate gently used items at any participating Royal LePage office by Friday, May 13 and visit your local Garage Sale on Saturday, May 14. For more information, please contact your local Royal LePage office or visit: www.royallepage.ca/shelter.

With each year that passes, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation grows in size and impact, bringing safety and restoring hope to thousands of women and children who have experienced family violence.

“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.”

Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charity, empowering sales representatives to make a tangible difference on both local and national levels.

About the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting 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.

For more information on the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and the National Garage Sale for Shelter taking place on May 14, 2011, 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 14,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations nationwide. 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 further information, please contact:

Michael Gotzamanis
Fleishman-Hillard
416-598-5788
michael.gotzamanis@fleishman.ca

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