Friday, December 17, 2010

REALTORS Assist Local Charities

Two local agencies were the big winners today when London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® President Richard Thyssen announced the successful applicants for the 2010 round of grants from the REALTORS Care Foundation (RCF). London’s Unity Project for the Relief of Homelessness received a cheque for $6,620 towards the restoration of the shelter’s heritage porch and Ontario Block Parent® Program Inc. will receive one for $3,000 for an educational safety resource for young children called “WHO r u REALLY TALKING 2,” as well as child safety overall. On hand to receive the Unity Project’s cheque were Silvia Langer, Development Manager, and Chuck Lazenby, General Manager, of the Unity Project.
“The RCF acts on behalf of Ontario REALTORS® in funding shelter-related charities across the province,” explains Betty DorĂ©, LSTAR’s Executive Vice-President and this year’s Foundation Board Chair. “Since 1999, we have given more than $2-million in grants to eligible organizations.”
“We’re very proud of the great work our Foundation does,” says Thyssen. “It’s one of the ways we can give back to our community . . . that we can improve our area’s quality of life. Occasions like this, when we can help committed agencies and organizations like Block Parents and the Unity Project reach their goals, are very gratifying, particularly in this holiday season.”
The Unity Project was in for one more surprise – a second cheque for $ 13,479.16 raised by LSTAR’s annual Christmas Party. “We continue to be impressed at what a positive impact the Unity Project has both at street level and in the broader community,” says Thyssen. “ It is deserving of support.”

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