ReMax helps fight for the cure

ReMax helps fight for the cure

Businesses in Orangeville have rarely hesitated to jump at the chance to hold an event to raise money for a worthy cause, and Re/Max Real Estate Centre is no exception to that. For the last 13 years, the real estate agency has hosted an annual Yard Sale for the Cure to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, bringing the community together to help fund breast cancer research.

“The Yard Sale for the Cure is hosted on the same day by Re/Max Centres all across Ontario,” explained Teresa Comeau, 4-year event organizer and a Sales Representative at Re/Max in Orangeville. “All participating offices pick one day, so that it goes on right across the province.”

This year’s Yard Sale for the Cure was held on July 24, and saw a number of local businesses, Re/Max clients and members of the community provide item donations, help out at the event, or just swing by to spend some money for a worthy cause.

“The community is such a great support for the event,” said Ms. Comeau. “Businesses donate towards the silent auction that we hold, and everyone helps out. It really is something that ties in to the community, and that’s a large part of where we see our success come from.”

She added that each year, it seems like more and more people look forward to the sale, waiting patiently for the date to arrive.

“Every year I see more people I don’t recognize, coming from all over Dufferin to spend time at our sale,” she said. “We’re even seeing a lot of people from outside the County, and they all tell us how they wait each year for this event.”

Rachael Smith, a breast cancer survivor, started the Yard Sale for the Cure in 2005, in the Toronto Beach community. With help from friends and family, the event grew to be held by Re/Max communities across Canada.

“100 percent of the proceeds from every sale held by Re/Max offices goes towards the Foundation,” said Ms. Comeau. “These donations help fund breast cancer research, health promotion, advocacy, education and awareness programs.”

The sale in Orangeville this year became their highest profiting sale yet, and with the assistance of a $5000 donation from Scotiabank, they were able to raise a total of $11,262 to donate towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

“It’s really just amazing to see the amount of support the community throws behind us,” said Ms. Comeau. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to see the kind of success we have. We really owe a big thank you to all the businesses, residents and clients who help make this possible.”