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RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Scholarship program

January 30th, 2015 Posted by Fundraising No Comment yet

These days, a post-secondary education of some kind is as important as ever, but also more expensive than ever. That’s why, back in 2007, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty established a post-secondary education scholarship fund for our clients’ children (and our Administrative Staff). It has been a tremendous success. Since it started, we have awarded $101,000 to deserving young adults.

Last year I was asked to sit on the Scholarship Program review committee for the first time, which was a real pleasure. It was great to see a bunch of keen young adults setting interesting goals – and making their pitch for some of the funds needed to reach them!

This year the Scholarship Fund for first year students starting in the 2015 Fall semester is $20,000, to be split amongst the selected winners.* The deadline for applications is March 31st. I want all of my past and present clients with a 1st year student in the family to consider applying! It’s not an arduous process, but we do have some requirements:

  • The applicant must be a child of a past or present client of RE/MAX Hallmark
  • The applicant must be involved in their community (e.g. volunteering, coaching, etc.)
  • The applicant must submit a completed application, school marks from Grade 9 to current semester, 2 reference letters and a 300 word essay (topic of their choice).

Over the years we have provided dozens of kids with thousands of dollars to kick off their post-secondary education, and I’d love to see one of my own clients participate in the program. Call me if you’d like an application!

*The money will be paid directly to the school on behalf of the student.

Equinox Holistic Alternative School Outdoor Kindergarten Fundraiser

June 5th, 2013 Posted by EHAS, Fundraising No Comment yet

Two years ago I initiated a fundraiser for Equinox Holistic Alternative School, whereby I committed to contributing $1000 from every sale I complete with a member of that community. The same applies to new clients referred from members of the community. Last school year that generated $3000, and this year it will generate at least $5000. The money goes to the school council, which distributes it to support various activities at the school (e.g. outdoor education, art and music supplies, class trips, etc.).

Equinox is unique for (among other things) its outdoor Kindergarten program. The goal is to have the little kids outside all day, every day (with obvious exceptions during extreme weather, and for certain indoor activities). The ‘outdoor classroom’ offers some grassy areas, and some shade, but was not intended for continuous use. The grass has been trampled out of existence in some parts, and about half the area is hard-surfaced (concrete or asphalt). Overall, it needs an upgrade. That’s why some enterprising parents have formed a committee, sketched out a plan to renovate the space, and begun a fundraising effort. The whole project is really quite impressive, and is well described in this video:

I participate in fundraising activities throughout the year. For example, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network each get a small portion of every sale that I do. I also support the TDSB breakfast program (through a monthly donation to the Toronto Foundation for Student Success), and I usually participate in at least one other significant fundraiser each year – and ask my clients and friends for their support.

This year I’m going to make the Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten Project project my main focus, and I’m asking you to contribute. The project (removing concrete, improving drainage, adding infrastructure and equipment) is going to cost tens of thousands of dollars and take a couple of years to complete. It is crucial that the initial goal of $25,000 be met as soon as possible so that planning costs can be covered and work begin ASAP. The committee has set up an Indigogo crowd-sourcing donation page, so you can donate online right now! 😉

Equinox is a special school, and the outdoor Kindergarten program is unique. Your support will go a long way towards helping the school expand upon a really great idea – one that they hope can one day be replicated in other schools across Toronto. Your donation – of any amount – well be great appreciated!

** To learn more about Equinox visit the school’s web site. You can also feel free to contact the administration if you have any questions.