Garage sale supports abused women

Penticton’s Royal LePage office will hold the National Garage Sale for Shelter Saturday at the Penticton Curling Rink

Penticton’s Royal LePage Locations West Realty will join Royal LePage offices across Canada on Saturday as they host the fifth annual National Garage Sale for Shelter.

The sale takes place Saturday at the Penticton Curling Rink, with proceeds going to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children. All the money raised at the Penticton sale, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, will go to support Penticton’s local women’s shelter, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society and fund long-term solutions to end family violence.

Half of all woman in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. A total of 360,000 children are exposed to domestic violence each year.

Since 2009, the Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Shelter has raised more than $1.2 million. The community is encouraged to take part by donating gently used items at the Penticton Curling Rink today through Friday from 4-7 p.m. Penticton’s Royal LePage realtors are hoping to surpass the $18,000 raised last year, the fifth highest total in Canada.