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Realtors give back to community

Realtors from the Richmond/South Delta/Gulf Islands Division of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver raised $6,900 for the Delta Hospice Society at their holiday luncheon at the Beach Grove Golf Club.

Realtors from the Richmond/South Delta/Gulf Islands Division of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver raised $6,900 for the Delta Hospice Society at their holiday luncheon at the Beach Grove Golf Club.

The luncheon is an annual event where real estate professionals unite to raise money for one or more charitable organizations within their own community. They believe that community investment is essential to the areas where they live and work.

The Delta Hospice Society was grateful to be the recipient of their hard work and charitable giving.

"We are pleased to have been selected as the recipient of this gift representing the local Richmond/South Delta realtors," said Delta Hospice executive director Nancy Macey.

"We accepted the generous amount of $6,900 at a breakfast meeting recently. It was an opportunity to meet some of the people involved in making this event a success and we were able to talk about where all of the money goes and who it is directly helping."

The Delta Hospice Society is able to direct 100 per cent of donations to care and support, not to administrative or fundraising costs. The Hospice Cottage Thrift Store in Tsawwassen also helps to financially sustain the operational costs of the society.

Realtors Care is the charitable program under which realtors give back to their communities. Each year, Realtors Care initiatives raise funds and collect donations for a wide range of groups and institutions.

In 2011, the combined fundraising efforts of the Richmond/South Delta realtors, through an annual golf tournament and two holiday luncheons, raised over $13,000 for local community organizations.

During the Realtors Care Blanket Drive in December, they collected enough blankets, clothes and other items to help keep more than 2,000 people warm.

The Delta Hospice Society is the operator of the Irene Thomas Hospice and the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner and the Hospice Cottage Thrift Store in Tsawwassen.

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