3rd annual Radiothon raises $32,000 towards new shelter build

August 9, 2023 3 min. read
Celebrating the success of another incredible Radio-thon for Shelter are, from L-R: Bernd Van’t Klooster, CAB-K Broadcasting news/on-Air presenter; Joe Carignan, president, Mountain View Emergency Shelter Society; Clare Dickie, owner/manager, Royal LePage Wildrose Real Estate; and Merrell Dickie, broker/owner, Royal LePage Wildrose Real Estate.

Royal LePage Wildrose Real Estate in Olds, AB recently wrapped up another wildly successful ‘Radiothon for Shelter’ campaign in support of a new women’s shelter being built in their community. Hosted on-air by 96.5 ckfm All Hit Country, and thanks to the generosity of two matching gift sponsors, a grand total of $150,600 was raised over the course of just one day. This brings the annual event’s three year total raised to $300,000. ‘Radiothon for Shelter’ fundraising flows through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation to the Mountain View Emergency Shelter Society, with every dollar raised going towards the cause. 

With total fundraising to-date, Phase 1 of the build has begun, which will provide secure space for five families seeking safe shelter and counseling rooms for additional community programming and support. 

“It’s hard to put into words how steadfast and generous our community has been in getting shovels in the ground for our new shelter,” said Clare Dickie, owner/manager, Royal LePage Wildrose Real Estate. “After nearly three years of fundraising, we were able to put up a sign announcing the building will be called ‘Kirsten’s Place’ – named in loving memory of our builder Brian Gardner’s daughter, a young mother, who lost her life to family violence in 2021. It brought tears to all our eyes envisioning a day when women like Kirsten can find their way to safety at our shelter instead of being met with such great harm.”