I’m very excited to have the opportunity to participate in a terrific fundraiser this summer, one that will provide support for victims of domestic violence right here is Saskatoon, where there is, unfortunately, a very large need. Saskatchewan has the highest rate of domestic violence in Canada, running at levels which are twice as high as the national average.
As you know, recent events (three separate events of domestic homicide) in our province have led to the deaths of nine people, most of them women and children. This is a serious problem that is affecting the lives and futures of many right here. We must step up and help. You must step up and help. Our local shelters, Interval House and and the YWCA Crisis Shelter, play a key role in providing a safe environment for women and children who are escaping violent homes in hopes of creating a safe future for themselves. These shelters provide comfort, safety and education for victims who have lived in fear within their own homes, often for years. In mid-August, Royal LePage agents from across Canada will embark on a trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru. The eight day experience will have us trekking at high altitudes, camping in tents, forgoing showers (yuck), electricity and internet service (hmmm). My wife Becky and I are fortunate to be among this crew of 70 who hope to raise more than $350,000 for Canadian shelters. Each participant is responsible for their own travel expenses. We’ve got that covered and done. We (Becky and I) are also required to raise $10,000. We’re well on our way there too, but we still need some help to get us over the top. The money that we raise will be put to work right here, in our community at the shelters mentioned above. Your donation will have a direct and profound impact for Saskatoon women and children who are escaping a violent home and seeking help at a shelter. We would sincerely appreciate your support. Click here to donate.
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs. Every dollar raised goes directly to helping the more than 30,000 women and children who are served each year by the shelters and support programs we fund. Since 1998, the Shelter Foundation has raised more than $20 million and currently supports 200 local women’s shelters and national partners. Our agents donate a portion of their commissions and Royal LePage offices across Canada hold local fundraising events. Our brokers, agents and staff also volunteer and provide in-kind goods to benefit the women and children residing in their local shelters. TeamFisher is a group of individuals who are passionate about and committed to serving the Saskatoon community. We want to make a difference for those who are most vulnerable right here, where we work and live every day. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is our primary charity of choice (we’ve been among the top one percent of contributor’s for four of the past five years) because we believe that a safe and secure home environment is the foundation for a better life, and that every human being should feel safe at home. Help us put and end to violence in the home.