5 of my favourite REALTORS Care® stories from 2015

REALTORS® across Canada are committed to volunteering their time and supporting charities and causes close to their hearts. Generosity has become a hallmark of the REALTOR® community. It’s one of the reasons I’m proud to be a REALTOR®.

Did you know the Canadian REALTOR® community has reported giving over $71.6 million to charity from 2012-2014? Together, we are truly making a difference.

To mark #GivingTuesday, I’d like to share with you five of my favourite stories of REALTORS® giving back this year.

  1. I have to start with a story shared by my office, Century 21 Bachman & Associates. My colleagues and I have been proud long-time supporters of SMD Foundation/Easter Seals Manitoba. Over the past three years, we have raised over $70,000 to help this great family of organizations improve the lives of persons with disabilities in our province.
  2. This past April, for the 10th year in a row, members of the Manitoba Real Estate Association served Easter dinner at Siloam Mission in my hometown of Winnipeg. This is a wonderful tradition that serves hundreds of people in need each year.
  3. As a hockey fan (go Jets!), I appreciate the concept behind the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s 4th Annual Charity Hockey Game. This year, local REALTORS® put their passion for Canada’s game to good use and raised $5,100 for Nanaimo Community Hospice.
  4. In August, REALTORS® from four brokerages came together for a friendly softball tournament in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. As a result, they raised over $1,000, which was divided among their four local charities of choice. I always love to hear about REALTORS® working together beyond company lines to make a difference for their shared community.
  5. Members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® donned hard hats and steel-toe boots to participate in not one, not two, but three Habitat for Humanity builds this year. In addition, they presented a cheque for over $20,500 to go towards the sponsorship of a Habitat home. (They also did a fantastic job helping us with the big reveal of our 2012-2014 donation and fundraising total.)

These five stories and 170 more from coast to coast have been published on REALTORSCare.ca so far this year. If your giving-back story hasn’t been featured on our site yet, I encourage you to email the details and a photo or two to us so we can spread the news on a national level.

I know some of you will be thinking, “But I don’t give back for attention or praise.” It’s true, telling your story will bring you some attention; but more importantly it will raise awareness for your favourite charity or cause and it will possibly inspire others to follow your lead!

Ralph Fyfe is an alternate Broker with Century 21 Bachman & Associates in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and an avid volunteer. He was the 108th President of WinnipegREALTORS® and is also a Past President of the Manitoba Real Estate Association. He served as a Director-at-Large, a Regional Director representing Manitoba, and as a member of numerous committees with CREA. He is the current Chair of the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation.

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