Sue McLay with Royal LePage Your Community Realty in Vaughan, ON recently hosted her third annual ‘Fight Like a Girl’ fundraiser, collecting $8,500 to benefit Yellow Brick House via the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.
Graciously hosted by Northern Karate Schools, this female focused self-defense class was taught by former karate instructor, McLay, along with three fellow female instructors. A total of 36 participants – all women ranging in age from 6 to 60 – took part.
“When I was young, I was very shy, and karate classes really brought me out of my shell,” said McLay. “Later on when starting my career in real estate, I saw how valuable the skills I learned were. I often work after dark, accessing lock boxes behind condo buildings and parking in poorly lit underground garages in big cities. Knowing I can protect myself allows me to walk confidently through my day.” Realizing that so many women regardless of their profession or surroundings are often hyper-aware of danger, McLay started ‘Fight Like a Girl’ to help those around her learn to avoid dangerous situations and navigate the world with confidence. Supporting her local women’s shelter was a natural fit. “Everyone deserves to feel safe – whether they are walking alone at night or in their own home,” said McLay. “Unfortunately, we know that far too many women are most afraid when they are returning home to an abusive partner. Helping these women find a safe way forward is so important for me.”