TGIF: BC Families Need Our Help
This smoky haze we're complaining about right now is nothing compared to what residents and responders closer to (and fighting!) the wild fires are enduring, but it does serve as a reminder that they still need help!
Our Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver released this statement (below) yesterday, and are appealing to the general public as well as our REALTOR® community for further donations.
REALTORS® raise $154,000 and counting for wildfire victims
REALTORS® across the country have so far raised over $154,000 for the Red Cross BC Fires Appeal to support the communities affected by the ongoing wildfires in BC.
These donations are helping people impacted by the fires by providing cots, blankets, family reunification, and financial assistance for food, clothing and other personal items.
“The people in the affected communities are in need and it’s important that we all do what we can to help,” Jill Oudil, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) president said. “It’s great to see our communities come together during this time. I’ve heard from REALTORS®, and real estate boards, across the country who are contributing money and fundraising. I encourage everyone to continue this work to support our fellow British Columbians.”
BC wildfires have destroyed more than 300 buildings, including 71 homes, since April and have burned more than 6,060 square kilometers in the province, according to Emergency Management BC.
In addition to numerous individual REALTOR® donations, real estate boards from across the province, including REBGV, have made donations totaling $80,000. This total includes a $40,000 donation from the BC Real Estate Association.
REALTORS® are continuing to raise money by organizing fundraising events across the province. In Metro Vancouver alone, REALTORS® have held fundraising events in North Vancouver, Richmond, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, and Vancouver over the last month.
“The work we’ve done so far is a great start but there’s more to do. People are still in need and we’re continuing to urge our REALTOR® members, and all British Columbians, to do what they can to help,” Oudil said.
Some evacuation orders have been lifted, but more than 145 wildfires are still burning across BC. We’re encouraging our REALTOR® community to make donations through this national REALTORS Care® Foundation page.
-REBGV, August 10th 2017
Thanks in advance for your support of our fellow BC residents and homeowners in need! We are so grateful for those who are risking so much to keep us as safe as possible.
As always, regardless of the season – we’ve got you covered. Enjoy your weekend!
-Sheila and Michelle