Realtors step up to end violence

Royal LePage realtors Mia Nelles of Belleville, left, and Lindsey Edwards of Cobourg, walked 75 kilometres from Cobourg to Belleville to help support an end to violence against women and children. Money raised will support Three Oaks Shelter in Belleville and Cornerstone Shelter in Cobourg. DEREK BALDWIN Luke Hendry

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Putting your best foot forward to help end violence against women and children is anything but a walk in the park.

Ask two Royal Lepage realtors who, Friday, completed a two-day, 75-kilometre walk from Cobourg to Belleville to raise funds for Cornerstone Shelter in Cobourg and Three Oaks Shelter in Belleville.

The Intelligencer caught up with Nelles and Edwards walking along Dundas Street West in Belleville shortly before their arrival at Three Oaks.

Mia Nelles of Belleville has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 while Lindsey Edwards of Cobourg is looking to raise $30,000.

Nelles said she was “feeling very happy” to have reached Belleville, adding “the walk from Brighton to Trenton wasn’t bad but to here was long.”

Edwards said she was feeling”pretty sore. I could use a couple of new feet, that would be lovely at this point but beyond that, we feel great. This is a good way for us to make some adjustments before next month,” she said. “This is not a walk in the park.”

The walk  was the first leg to be completed by the pair before travelling to Morocco this November to take part in a 100-kilometre walk over five days in the Sahara as part of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation trek which involves 120 hikers from the company across Canada.

The duo made a brief stop in Trenton for lunch on Friday at Dapps Restaurant before arriving at Three Oaks around 4 p.m.

Three Oaks executive director Sandy Watson-Moyles marveled at the commitment of the supporters saying she was inspired.

“It’s very inspiring. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation makes arrangements for this trek every year in different locations. Last year it was Iceland, the year before it was Peru to Machu Pichu. But the agents have to commit to raise a certain amount of money and the cost to do this is their own. One hundred per cent of the money they’ve raised goes to the foundation, 80 per cent comes back to the charity they have chosen,” Watson-Moyles said on Friday.

“Violence is a woman’s issue because certainly the statistics speak to the fact that women are abused far more often than men,” she said. ”We need to make sure the awareness gets out there for everyone. We need people to stand up and say, ‘This is intolerable, it cant happen in our families communities and cities.’”

“It’s not going to end anytime soon. Three Oaks is trying to work its way out of a job but that’s not going to happen in my lifetime,” Watson-Moyles said.

 

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