A recent fundraiser event, Raise the Roof for Shelter, saw an overwhelming amount of support for local women’s shelters and raised a whopping $12,000.
The local event is in its 5th year and was founded by Victoria real estate duo Tasha Medve and Saira Waters. Over 100 guests came out to support four local non-profit organizations: Victoria Women’s Transition House, the Cridge Transition House for Women, Sooke Transition House, and Margaret Laurence House.’
The four organizations support women and children and provide services including emergency shelters, counselling, and advocacy.
Royal LePage’s national Shelter Foundation, which is behind the initiative, has raised more than $24 million since 1998.
Raising Money as well as Awareness
Domestic abuse cases in Canada remain shockingly high, and this event aims to not only raise funds for local non-profits that help women and children who are faced with this, but it strives to bring this issue to the forefront.
While Canada is perceived to be one of the safest and most sought-after nations in the world, the recent statistics are staggering. More than two-thirds of all women in Canada personally know someone who has been physically or sexually abused. And, according to Statistics Canada, on average one Canadian woman is killed every six days by her intimate partner.
“It takes so much courage for a woman to go through something like this and leave an abusive relationship or situation. We need to keep the momentum going with future events and provide the platform to bring this cause to the forefront,” says Medve.
Continued Support Needed
Women’s shelters such as the Cridge Transition House rely on community support for many of their services. From getting women to appointments to helping them look for housing, paying for legal costs, storage and moving costs, and even basics like grocery bills.
Their plan is to continue the event in 2018 and beyond to keep this awareness and financial support going. To do this, continued community support is vital. Any individuals or companies interested in either contributing to or attending next year’s event are asked to contact either Tasha or Saira below.
Direct line: 778-432-4611