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Garage sales raise funds for Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

On May 15, more than 120 Royal LePage offices hosted record breaking garage sales in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, raising more than $300,000 to end violence against women and children in communities across Canada. In 2009, the National Garage Sale for Shelter raised $120,000.

Every dollar raised by the event supports local women’s shelters, as well as national and provincial programs to help stop the cycle of violence. All proceeds from the garage sales go directly to the cause because Royal LePage underwrites 100 per cent of the administration costs.

“Half of Canadian women will experience abuse in their lifetime and 360,000 children are exposed to domestic violence each year,” says Sandra Diaz, executive director, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Since 1999, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has donated more than $10 million to support women’s shelters, violence prevention and education programs across Canada.

As part of the event, Jerry Aulenbach of Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate in Edmonton organized a “tweet up” fund-raiser and auction on Twitter.

In Ottawa, Royal LePage performance raised more than $3,000 to support Nelson House of Ottawa-Carleton and regional violence prevention programs .

“The funds raised from the garage sale will make such a difference to women and children,” says sales rep Anna Russell. “This not only provides our organization with much-needed financial support, but it brings our community together.”