Sahara Desert Trek for Shelter


The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs. Every dollar raised goes directly to helping the more than 50,000 women and children who are served each year by the shelters and support programs we fund. Since 1998, the Shelter Foundation has raised over $30 million and currently supports 200 local women’s shelters and national partners. Participating Royal LePage sales representatives and brokers donate a portion of their commissions the foundation, as well,  Royal LePage offices across Canada hold local fundraising events, such as the annual Royal LePage garage sale for shelter where our brokers, agents and staff also volunteer and provide in-kind goods to benefit the women and children residing in their local shelters.

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. On average, in Canada, women or girls are killed every 2.5 days, most often at the hands of someone they trusted, according to the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability at the University of Guelph. Women are victims of intimate partner violence more often and more severely than men, 79% of police reported intimate partner violence is against women and women were victims of intimate partner homicide at a rate four times greater than men.

In 2017 @RLPSupreme won Office of the Year in Ontario. Recognized for it’s fundraising efforts such as our annual Garage Sale for Shelter, Bowling for Shelter, Cruise for Shelter events and commission donations! Every year, through our collective efforts, we raise tens of thousands of dollars which are donated in full to our local shelter, The Redwood. 

In November 2019, an enthusiastic group of (number) Royal LePage professionals journeyed to Morocco to trek 100 km across the Sahara Desert. They traversed over uninterrupting, relentless and unending sand dunes, traversed ancient dry river beds and vast desert plateaus in a hot and arid climate that cooled considerably at night. Trekkers hiked for up to 7 hours a day in single file, uninterrupted by modern day distractions or routines, giving up all comforts and conveniences, in exchange for communal sleeping tents and outdoor bathroom facilities under the stars. 

Each step the trekkers took, and every dollar they raised, will help abused women and children find safety and build lives free from violence. As a whole, Royal LePage was able to raise over $1,000,000, on this event alone! Two of RLPS’ realtors participated in this trek. Sarah Garner and Natalie Quintal collectively raised just under $15,000.00 towards the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, and just as importantly, raised awareness. 

We are super duper proud to have such inspiring leaders working alongside us, here at Royal LePage Supreme, thank you ladies! Bucket list, check!

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