Penticton realtors raising funds for women’s shelter

Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Shelter will be held May 12 at Penticton Curling Rink

Royal LePage is taking over the Penticton Curling Rink on May 12.

It’s just for the one day, though, and for a very good cause. May 12 is the date of the National Garage Sale for Shelter, in support of abused women and their children. Across Canada, Royal LePage offices will be transformed into an oasis for bargain hunters as they put on the fourth annual of these events supporting the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

This annual event brings local residents together with Royal LePage realtors to raise much-needed funds and awareness to help break the cycle of family violence. One hundred per cent of funds raised at the Royal LePage garage sale goes to support Penticton’s local women’s shelter, the South Okanagan Women In Need Society and fund long-term solutions to end family violence.

Since 1999, the shelter foundation has raised more than $14 million with the support of Royal LePage agents and staff, along with members of the communities in which they live and work.

Local organizers Debbie Kozari and Tammy Peters say they are taking part in the event because of the alarming figures around violence against women and children: Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16, and on average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. 360,000 children are exposed to domestic violence each year.

The community is encouraged to take part by donating gently used items at the Penticton Curling Rink from May 7 through 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.  And, of course, drop by the curling rink on May 12. For further information contact the Royal LePage office at 250-493-2244.