Royal LePage donates over $47,000 for support

Funds will benefit the Unity House and Canadian Red Cross

By Dawn Booth Connect Weekly

Royal LePage President and CEO Phil Soper with Waypoints Executive Director Michele Taylor and Royal LePage True North Realty Broker/Owner Marian Barry on July 25. Supplied photo

Royal LePage President and CEO Phil Soper with Waypoints Executive Director Michele Taylor and Royal LePage True North Realty Broker/Owner Marian Barry on July 25. Supplied photo

Royal LePage’s president came to Fort McMurray to hand deliver over $47,000 in donations on behalf of the Canada-wide real estate agency on July 25.

A release stated the company raised $32,000 for the local women’s shelter – Unity House, on behalf of Royal LePage True North Realty, along with an additional $15,000 for the Canadian Red Cross.
“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 of 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 wildfire, Fort McMurray’s agency was unable to hold their 8th annual Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Shelter, which was scheduled to take place on May 7. The garage sale is one of their largest community-fundraising initiatives to support Waypoints. Unity House is one of the several services available through Waypoints.

“This year for the first time in many, we were sadly unable to participate in the National Garage Sale for Shelter,” said Marian Barry, broker/owner of 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.

The annual garage sale is highlighted each year during Mother’s Day weekend. Last year’s event raised $250,000 in Canada, and $7,000 was raised by the local Royal LePage office.

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