Royal LePage donates more than $47,000 in support of Fort McMurray

Funds go to Unity House Emergency Shelter and the Canadian Red Cross in support of Fort McMurray restoration

Fort McMurray Unity House cheque

From left to right: Royal LePage president Phil Soper, Waypoints executive director Michele Taylor, and Royal LePage True North Realty owner Marian Barry display a $32,000 cheque destined for the Waypoints Unity House women and children’s shelter in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Monday, July 25, 2016. Supplied image/ Jason Beck – Waypoints

Royal LePage Real Estate Services, in concert with its charitable organization, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, is pleased to announce that it has donated more than $47,000 to Unity House, an emergency shelter serving abused women and their children, and the Canadian Red Cross to assist in the restoration of Fort McMurray.

Across the country, Royal LePage professionals banded together to raise funds to aid Fort McMurray residents displaced by the wildfires that roared through the city this May. In addition to individual contributions from Royal LePage brokers and sales representatives, many brokerages elected to earmark some of the proceeds generated from the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s flagship event, the National Garage Sale for Shelter, to Unity House. In honour of Royal LePage True North Realty in Fort McMurray, a longstanding and generous supporter of Unity House, the company raised approximately $32,000 for the emergency shelter.

In addition, Royal LePage made a corporate donation of $15,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta to assist in general rebuilding and restoration efforts in Fort McMurray.

“Canadians watched in horror as wildfires raged out of control in Northern Alberta, engulfing Fort McMurray, laying waste to homes and businesses and threatening the lives of many,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive officer, Royal LePage. “As soon as the extent of the tragedy became evident, people from Royal LePage offices across the country began to reach out to me, asking simply, ‘what can we do?’. Our brand promise is ‘Helping you is what we do’  and it was in that spirit that the women and men of Royal LePage came together to raise funds with the hope that rehabilitation efforts in Fort McMurray will be accelerated, allowing many to close the book on one of the most trying chapters in the region’s history.”

“Due to the wildfires in the region, this year for the first time in many, we were sadly unable to participate in the National Garage Sale for Shelter, a fundraiser that contributes much needed support to Unity House, our local shelter,” said Marian Barry, broker/owner, Royal LePage True North Realty. “My team and I were truly overwhelmed by the staggering amount of support received from our Royal LePage colleagues across the nation, who stepped in to fill, and exceed, this need, raising funds that will go a long way in helping many women and children seeking shelter during this difficult time.”

For more information, see the news story as it appeared in Fort McMurray Today.

Royal LePage is the only national real estate company in Canada to have its own charitable foundation. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and putting an end to domestic violence in Canada. Since its inception in 1998, the foundation has raised more than $22 million and helps 30,000 women and children each year.


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