Social Responsibility Has a Vintage Day in Canada

Buying secondhand is in itself an act of sustainability since it’s a great way to avoid demand for new goods (I, for one, am hooked on Etsy’s vintage section). Now, if you can combine vintage shopping with social responsibility, it’s a true double whammy of doing good.

You'll be able to do just that at Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s offices on Saturday, May 12. The organization is hosting a day of bargain hunting to raise funds for its work supporting women’s shelters and helping to put an end to violence against women and children. Called National Garage Sale for Shelter, the event is a fun way to raise funds for the organization's good work.

This year the event arrives at its fourth edition and during this period it has raised over $850,000 in support of the Shelter Foundation, which assists nearly 200 shelters and 30,000 women and children per year. The organization says it has raised $14 million since it started 14 years ago.

"Violence against women affects thousands of Canadian families," says Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. "Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16 and 360,000 children are exposed to family violence every year. That's why we are so committed to raising funds to provide a safe haven for women and children and to stop the cycle of family violence."

Besides supporting the event by shopping on May 12, the public can also donate unwanted goods. All they have to do is to take their gently used items to a local participating Royal LePage office.

Image credit: Royal LePage Shelter Foundation