Donations over the event’s 30-year history top $1 million
Peterborough, ON (March 21, 2017) – Longtime Canadian CENTURY 21 broker Carl Oake and his daughter Vanessa held their annual swimathon on February 17, 2017 to raise money for local charities including Easter Seals. This year’s event raised $46 000.
“I started swimming on my own to raise money for Easter Seals three decades ago. As I swam those laps I never could have imagined how much my efforts would evolve into the swimathon we have today,” says Carl Oake. “This wouldn’t happen each year without the support of the entire Peterborough community. Thank you for helping us reach our goals of fundraising and for showing up full of enthusiasm to swim year after year.”
The Carl Oake swimathon started 31 years ago and has raised more than $1 million dollars. The money goes to benefit both Easter Seals and Rotary projects such as the School Breakfast program, Habitat for Humanity, and the Rotary Greenway Trail. The event also gives awards to participants for their fundraising efforts and for showing up dressed in costumes.
“We are proud to spearhead this event every year and raise money that stays in our local community,” says Vanessa Oake Hogan. “I always like to see how the teams incorporate costumes and put the ‘fun’ in fundraising. This year was no exception with one team building a boat-- HMCS Carl Oake-- which cruised through the water.”
"We’re thrilled that Carl and now his daughter Vanessa organize this event each year," said Brian Rushton, executive vice president, CENTURY 21 Canada®. “Easter Seals programs are worth supporting and this is just another way that our brokers support our corporate efforts of sending children living with disabilities to local summer camps. Congratulations to all who contributed, and to Carl and Vanessa for another successful event.”
CENTURY 21 Canada® is Easter Seals number one real estate fundraising company and their third largest corporate partner in Canada. In 2016 CENTURY 21 Canada® and System members raised $645,000 in support of Easter Seals Canada – enough to send more than 300 children living with disabilities to summer camp!
Through events like The Drop Zone, 24 hour relays, local fundraising functions, and programs such as Closing Gifts for Kids, System members have provided over 1,300 children with the independence of fully-accessible summer camps and memorable experiences throughout Canada.
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