Royal LePage is going to new heights to raise funds and awareness about homelessness and violence.
Employees and friends of Royal Lepage are embarking on a hiking challenge in Iceland’s Southern Highlands with an important goal. They are raising funds and hiking to create awareness, placing shelters and anti-violence resources on the forefront, through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.
The eight day hike, beginning July 24, will involve rough terrain and difficult weather conditions while covering nearly 100 km. The hikers will carry their personal shelters with them as they tent along the way. They will experience only two to three hours of darkness at night, which will add to the physical demands. The group’s experience of solitude will also include no electricity or cell service.
The Iceland Challenge will designate 85% of their funds for 2 Saskatoon shelters, the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence and Saskatoon Interval House. 15% of the funds is designated for violence prevention programs that expose truth and awareness about violence while teaching alternatives. Each participant involved in the hike has raised $5,000 to be able to participate on this incredible journey.
This experience is more than a fundraiser; it is a physically and mentally intense experience. Teams have been preparing for months. Weather and terrain will be unpredictable while the participants rely on their instincts and survival skills.
Participants will be blogging about their experience once they return, to candidly share highs and the lows. “Team Fisher” is one of the Saskatoon teams participating on behalf of the YWCA Saskatoon and Saskatoon Interval House; be sure to check out their blogs after the challenge.
From all of us at the YWCA, we want to send off the teams to Iceland with wishes of good luck and a sense of pride. Your adventure is spreading the word about the prevalence of violence in our society. Breaking the silence and isolation that can be felt by those who experience violence is an important part of moving forward, and starting the conversation about everyone’s right to be safe. We thank Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and all the teams for representing and supporting shelters and community resources within our city.