Earlier this month the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation announced that $3.3 Million was raised last year by thousands of Royal LePage agents and supporters, making it one of the most significant fundraising results in the nearly 25 year history of the charity. Since inception, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has raised an incredible $38 Million in support of women’s shelters and domestic violence prevention programs from coast-to-coast. The Foundation remains the largest of its kind in Canada dedicated exclusively to this cause, just as Royal LePage continues to lead as the only Canadian real estate company with its own branded charity.
“Thousands of the Royal LePage faithful, their families, their clients, and their friends, worked together during this challenging pandemic year to support women and children in desperate need of safe shelter,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. Soper was among the 60 Royal LePagers who participated in the 2021 Challenge for Shelter, held this year over multiple days, climbing British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains. This bi-annual fundraiser has raised $3 Million to date. “Our foundation is the largest in Canada dedicated to eradicating violence in our communities, and supporting the women and children who fall victim to it. Together with hundreds of local shelter partners, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Women’s Shelters Canada, the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, Sagen, TD Bank, and other critically important organizations, we are working to
make Canada a safer and happier place to live and work.”
Violence against women and girls, impacting one in three women worldwide, is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations today. It remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it, says UN Women. Canadians agree the issue is serious. A recent Environics poll1 discovered a majority (86% women and 80% men) believe violence against women to be the most serious issue affecting women today. In a time of greater isolation, due to COVID, there have been
widespread reports of an increase in intimate partner and other forms of violence, as well as unprecedented barriers for those seeking help2
“Royal LePage offices across Canada partner with local women’s shelters to provide much-needed financial support and essential goods and services. Funds raised by Royal LePage brokerage offices are raised locally and remain in their communities. What makes the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation truly impactful is that Royal LePage pays all administration costs of the Foundation so that 100 per cent of funds raised go directly towards the cause,” said Lisa Gibbs, Executive Director, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “The long-standing relationships in the community between Royal LePage brokers and agents and their shelter partners is a bond, built on commitment and passion for living healthy, happy lives free of violence.”