Garage sale for shelter this Saturday in Ladysmith

Royal LePage is holding a garage sale to raise money for Haven House in Nanaimo.

Real estate agents in Ladysmith are banding together to help fund shelter for women in need.

Royal LePage will be holding a garage sale this Saturday (May 12) at its office to raise some money, and realtors are welcoming help from the community.

“We’re taking donations of gently-used household goods up until Thursday night, so if people want to donate items for the garage sale, we’d certainly be happy to take them off their hands,” said sale co-ordinator Cyndi Beaulieu.

The garage sale is part of a national fundraising campaign through Royal LePage. All money goes to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

“Our proceeds in particular go to Haven House in Nanaimo,” Beaulieu said. “It’s a women’s shelter for [mid-Vancouver Island] women and their children fleeing violence in the home.”

In addition to the shelter, Haven House also provides other programs such as counselling for women and children and justice-related programs.

“It’s a real worthwhile organization, everyone there is very committed,” Beaulieu said. “They do a fantastic job.”

Royal LePage raised $4 million nationally last year.

“Last year, we banded together with the Nanaimo office,” Beaulieu said.

The local office, located at 528 First Ave., also contributes funds to the shelter foundation through various fundraisers, such as selling hot chocolate and donating a percentage on commission.

The garage sale takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To donate an item for the sale, call Royal LePage at 250-245-2252.

“We’d love for people to come down,” Beaulieu said.