By Jennifer Britain, Deal Administrator, EXIT Realty Matrix, Brokerage in Embrun, ON
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) relies heavily on donations and has seen an urgent increase in need. Many Canadians travel outside of the country to obtain a Guide Dog. The need for Canadian Guide Dogs is HUGE!
I chose this charity to continue my goal to raise enough to fund at least one Guide Dog ($50,000). This charity will forever be close to my heart as they have touched my family so greatly. Having a child who suffered vision loss at 14 years old who was so generously accepted into this program and received his own Guide Dog, I have been fortunate enough to see the real impact this charity has on individuals.
CNIB held a virtual 5k fundraiser that ran for six weeks starting April 17th. We chose to host an in person 5k walk/run on May 27th starting and ending at our EXIT Realty Matrix, Brokerage office in Embrun. The event included raffle prizes, a BBQ, entertainment, as well as a chance to get out and walk or run for a great cause!
I was captain of our fundraising team and created an online page through the CNIB Foundation Pup Crawl website for TEAM PEPPER. The website allowed for online donations to go directly to the charity.
A portion of every transaction fee received by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund. Through the Spirit of EXIT Charitable Program, EXIT offices and associates can raise money for local, approved, registered charities and apply to EXIT’s head office to have those funds matched from the company’s pool of funds. The team at EXIT Realty Matrix, Brokerage hoped to raise $3,000, which EXIT’s head office was proud to match, however they raised slightly above at $3,003 for a total donation of $6,003 to CNIB. This is the third time the Spirit of EXIT and Jennifer have teamed up to benefit the CNIB.
“Your contribution will help us raise, train, and match guide dogs for Canadians with sight loss waiting for the life changing gifts of freedom, mobility and independence. Thank you for your generosity,” said Danusha Fernando, Director, Donor Data, Analytics & Engagement, for CNIB.