REALTORS® MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
$10,000 Raised for Okanagan Hospice and Women's Shelter
Despite a slowdown in the pace of home sales in the Central Okanagan, the community spirit of local REALTORS® is undeterred. The members of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board's Central Zone have raised $10,000 to benefit the local hospice and women's shelter.
The donations are the result of fundraising efforts of the REALTORS® of OMREB's Central Zone during the 2011 Christmas luncheon and silent auction.
The Central Okanagan Hospice Association provides palliative care programs including community care, residential care, hospice care and acute care to those suffering with cancer and assists their families. The monies presented will go towards volunteer training for the palliative team of 250 volunteers who offer support to the terminally ill and their families in long term care facilities, the hospital, and their own homes, as well as at Hospice House.
The Kelowna Women's Shelter has offered a safe refuge for women and children faced with family violence for the past 31 years and notes that one in three women will experience abuse at some point during their life time. The Shelter provides housing and support, crisis management, child care and counseling for children, as well as community education and outreach programs. The donation to the Kelowna Women's Shelter has been earmarked for the Shelter's public awareness campaign on Castanet.