We were really hoping we would be able to make this year's fiesta happen, albeit delayed. However in the interest of being safe and responsible we've ultimately made the decision to cancel Cinco de'Mia for this year.
Instead, we will be using the funds we would normally use for the party and donate it to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation in support of Three Oaks. For every "Fiesta Selfie" shared we will increase our donation.
Lets see those moustache selfies - we know you don't have anything better to do!
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.
You may remember in November of 2019, Mia trekked over 100 km across the Sahara Desert in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. For 5 straight days, she hiked up to 7 hours a day across difficult terrain in this hot and dry desert climate, with temperatures dropping considerably at night. They slept in large group tents, using camping-style bathroom facilities, and going without electricity, cell service and the other comforts of home. Thanks to the incredibly generous support of our clients and community Mia raised $10.970 for this critical service and only list 3 toenails!!