Sahara Desert Challenge for Shelter
As a real estate agent, my job is to help clients find the perfect place to live and I can't imagine ‘home’ being a place of fear and danger. Sadly, on any given night in Canada close to 6,000 women and children stay in an emergency shelter because it’s not safe for them to be at home. At the same time, 300 are turned away each night because all the shelters are full. Even more tragically, on average, every 6 days in Canada a woman is killed by her current or former partner. In too many cases women go to their local shelter because they are literally running for their lives.
Last year Three Oaks provided shelter to 274 women and 95 children even though they are only funded to assist 130 women and 64 children and at that only 80 % of those costs. There were no extra funds provided by the government to assist with the costs of the additional admissions. This year, the annual funding target was surpassed in October and still no additional funds. It is only because of the generosity of the community that Three Oaks is able to continue to assist women and children seeking refuge, safety and support from what could otherwise be a very dangerous situation.
I want to help these women and children by ensuring a safe place and support services are available to them when they need it. They deserve our help and our encouragement that a brighter future is possible. I also recognize that educating our youth about building healthy relationships is the key to breaking the cycle of family violence in Canada. Will you join me in making a difference?
In November 2019, I will be trekking 100 km across the Sahara Desert in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. For 5 straight days, my colleagues from Royal LePage offices across Canada and I will be hiking up to 7 hours a day across difficult terrain in this hot and dry desert climate, with temperatures dropping considerably at night. We will be sleeping in large group tents, using camping-style bathroom facilities, and going without electricity, cell service and the other comforts of home. To be eligible to participate, I must raise at least $5,000. This journey will not be easy and it has already started for me. I will be preparing physically and mentally for months and will be covering my own travel costs. Each dollar we raise and every step we take will make it easier for women and children in our communities to walk safely away from violence. Learn more about the trek here
Thank you for your support in helping me reach my fundraising goal.
THANK YOU TO MY SPONSORS
I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Kevin, Kerry, Alicia & Logan
Lisa & Daniel Sprague
Rhonda A. De Jong
Greg & Steph Heffren
Elida M Konopelky
The Brady Bunch
Maureen & Peter Corrigan