Ottawa REALTORS® Donate $101,268 to Local Charities
December 20, 2017
OTTAWA, December 20, 2017 – Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) raised $101,298 for the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation this year and were able to provide grants to 29 shelter-related charities in the Ottawa-area.
The funds were raised through the Board’s annual charity golf tournament, the “$2 per member per month” campaign, the RONA Card program (in which a percentage of the sales from OREB cardholders is donated to the Foundation), as well as additional donations.
“REALTORS® care deeply about the well-being of their communities. Many of our members volunteer their time and energy to local charities and causes closest to their hearts,” Ottawa Real Estate Board President, Ralph Shaw expressed. “We are pleased to contribute the funds our members have raised to support these organizations and help them continue their vital efforts in our communities.”
Each of these charities assists those among us who do not have adequate shelter together with those who may be dealing with homelessness, addiction, mental or physical illness, spousal or familial abuse, physical disability, poverty, or ageing. The work these organizations do is essential for our community. It can often be difficult and stressful work and there is never adequate funding available from public sources for equipment, staff, and infrastructure.
“Members of OREB’s REALTORS Care® Committee met with two of the charities receiving grants, Bruce House and Jericho Road Christian Ministries,” commented Deborah Burgoyne, 2017 REALTORS Care® Committee Vice-Chair. “It’s an honour to meet the people who strive to make a difference in our communities each day and thank them for their valuable work.”