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P.E.I.’s first ‘Challenge for Shelter’ trekker helps raise over $10,000 for women and children in need

This month, Steve Nabuurs of Royal LePage Prince Edward Realty in Charlottetown will be supporting the safety of women and children in his community in a pretty unique way – by hiking for five days towards the base of one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, Mount Cotopaxi in Ecuador.

Funds raised will go towards Anderson House, for the safety and security of women and children fleeing abuse.


First Royal LePage professional to partake in ‘Challenge for Shelter’


This initiative is part of Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s “Challenge for Shelter” trek, held every two years in remote areas. Selected participants pay their own way and raise money to support local domestic violence programs and women’s shelters.

Nabuurs was the first Royal LePage professional chosen to participate in the program from Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.). He and his colleagues felt the opportunity would raise significant awareness about the challenges many women and children in P.E.I. face.


Over $10,000 raised for those escaping abuse


The team raised over $10,000 through its community BBQ and family fun day with bouncy castles, popcorn, snow cone machines, face painting and an ice cream cart, plus prize draws and a silent auction.

“We received an overwhelming and incredibly heartwarming amount of support when we announced our plans to our neighbouring businesses. Not a single one turned us down to be part of the fun and fundraising for our local shelter,” Nabuurs recalls.

“Sponsorships and donations poured in, with everyone giving what they could to make the day a success. Charlottetown police and fire services even brought a fire truck, police car and mascot to amp up the kid-friendly fun.”


“We envision it becoming an annual event”


Families from the entire province came out for the fun. The event was meant to be held outdoors but due to heavy rain and high winds, a local shopping centre relocated the group inside at no charge. Everyone stayed dry, safe and happy.

“Witnessing the remarkable success of this event has ignited our passion to nurture and grow it into an annual tradition,” says Royal LePage Prince Edward Realty owner, Rudy Chong. “It all began with Steve’s unwavering commitment to making a difference, and we envision it becoming an annual event that Islanders can look forward to year after year.”