Saira Waters and Tasha Noble host the fifth annual Raise the Roof for Shelter event Friday, Sept. 22 at the Robert Bateman Centre. (Submitted photo)

Raise the Roof for Shelter event exceeds fundraising goal

Event raises $12,000 for Greater Victoria women’s shelters

Oak Bay realtors Tasha Medve and Saira Waters set the bar higher, then leaped over it to aid area women’s shelters.

Their fundraiser Raise the Roof for Shelter on Sept. 22 raised $12,000 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.

Medve and Waters of the Modern Real Estate Team with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty hosted the fifth annual event at the Robert Bateman Centre with a turnout of more than 100 guests. The event supports four local non-profit organizations including Victoria Women’s Transition House, the Cridge Transition House for Women, Sooke Transition House, and Margaret Laurence House. These organizations support women and children, and provide services including emergency shelters, counselling, and advocacy. Royal LePage’s national Shelter Foundation, which has raised more than $24 million since 1998.

“We rely on community support to keep our vehicles on the road to get women to appointments and to look for housing, to help pay for women’s legal costs, storage and moving costs, and even some of the basics like our grocery bills. We could not do what we do without this support to help so many women build violence free lives for themselves and their children,” says Marlene Goley, manager for the Cridge Transition House for Women.

Over the past five years their events have brought in more than $28,000 to support vulnerable women and children in Victoria. Beyond this, they donate a portion of their commissions from home sales back to these same non-profits.

“We all know a woman who has been affected by an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is so common yet no one really talks about it. We need events like this so we can support these women and their children who have no where else to turn,” says Waters.

More than two-thirds of all women in Canada personally know someone who has been physically or sexually abused. 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.

Their plan is to continue the event in 2018 and beyond.


 

@OakBayNews
cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Site C dam goes ahead, cost up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan approves completion of B.C.’s costliest project

Saanich resident throws shade on tree project

The chair of a committee looking to turn Shelbourne Street into a… Continue reading

Octogenerian to start New Year on flight adventure in Central America

Cordova Bay’s Bob Vance helped raise $425,000 for Hope Air

Christmas decorations a labour of love for Colwood residents

Home has close to 100 inflatables on display until January

Esquimalt’s Pyjama Prance tours Township on a frosty morning

Third annual event sees largest turnout yet, raises $1,738 for Rainbow Kitchen

VIDEO: B.C. women’s curling teams converge on Hope club

Weekend-long tournament hosts groups from around the province

Site C decision coming Monday

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

HOMEFINDER: Victoria condo project offers investment opportunity

Below market prices at Vivid at The Yates appealed to young Victoria couple

Photos captures magic of Christmas past in Saanich

The two boys wore black slacks, the girl, perhaps their sister, a… Continue reading

Hanukkah lights up December

For David Blades, Hanukkah is a three-letter word: fun. “We play dreidel,… Continue reading

Red Scorpion associates cuffed in drug-trafficking bust

Kamloops RCMP lay charges in connection to Red Scorpion drug trafficking ring

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Christmas

More than 175 sailings are being added, including 130 between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Pandora Avenue downtown Victoria block closed Tuesday to allow removal of crane

Full day closure to vehicles and cyclists, but pedestrians allowed to use south side

Emergency response ‘well executed’ in B.C. carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency Health Services talks about how first responders dealt with this ‘mass casualty event’

Most Read