CENTURY 21 sales representatives from 14 offices throughout British Columbia raised over $100,000 in 2018 for BC Easter Seals camps. Known as their C21 Kids to Camp Program, CENTURY 21 REALTORS® take part by donating their time and money to numerous fundraising initiatives they put on throughout the year.
“The CENTURY 21 family here in B.C. sets the gold standard for charitable giving and we are beyond thankful for all of their hard work and dedication,” says Charlene Krepiakevich, President & CEO, Easter Seals BC/Yukon – a charity that supports and enables access for individuals with disabilities. “Through their generosity, more kids living with disabilities will get the opportunity to experience the power of Easter Seals fully-accessible summer camp – a magical place that encourages independence, instils confidence, boosts self-esteem and changes a life forever.”
“We are proud to be part of a community like Easter Seals, that supports people with disabilities and gives them an opportunity to live, learn, work and play within their own communities,” says Brian Rushton, Executive Vice President at CENTURY 21 Canada based in Vancouver. “CENTURY 21 has been part of the Easter Seals family for more than 40 years and it has pioneered the way for real estate entrepreneurs to thrive, inspiring them to give 121% to their clients. It’s an honour to support a program that allows kids be kids no matter what their ability.”
The donation from CENTURY 21 will help fund both Easter Seals summer camps at Winfield near Kelowna and Shawnigan on Vancouver Island. Since 1968, Easter Seals Camps have provided an overnight summer camping experience for children, teens and young adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. In the last ten years, over 2,300 individuals have taken part in camp.
“The goal of our camps is to provide safe, fun activities in an environment where the focus is on abilities, not disabilities,” explains Krepiakevich. “Giving campers an opportunity to try activities like canoeing, wheelchair basketball, water polo or just having a simple water balloon war, we see their confidence, independence and interaction with their peers improve so much by the end of the week. Campers then bring these skills and confidence back home allowing them to have meaningful relationships and be active members of their communities.”