RE/MAX Realtors raise over $4 million for Children's Miracle Network



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Housing sales and average price weren't
the only records being shattered across Canada in 2007. RE/MAX realtors also
set a new benchmark in charitable giving, raising over $4 million for
Children's Miracle Network.
    The donation surpasses the realtors' 2006 contribution by more than
14 per cent. Since 1992, RE/MAX sales associates nationwide have contributed
close to $30 million to the cause.
    "It's amazing what can be accomplished when people work toward a
meaningful cause," says Christine Martysiewicz, Director of Internal and
Public Relations, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada. "The synergy, commitment and
enthusiasm of the RE/MAX network are truly phenomenal. However, what's more
amazing is that the charitable efforts undertaken by our realtors are
100 per cent voluntary. Supporting Children's Miracle Network is a chance to
make a real difference in the lives of local children and families in their
own communities. That type of involvement is something that's been woven into
the fabric of the RE/MAX organization since its inception. The way we see it,
we don't just serve and work in these communities, we truly are a part of
them, and we care - it's that simple."
    RE/MAX realtors generate donations through the RE/MAX Miracle Home
Program(R), whereby a portion of their commission earned on the purchase or
sale of each home is given to Children's Miracle Network affiliated hospitals.
Children's Miracle Network supports 14 children's hospitals and foundations
across Canada. Donations are often maximized through additional fundraising
events including golf tournaments, gala evenings with silent auctions, casual
Fridays and much more. Funds raised in each community stay in that community
to be invested in the local Children's Miracle Network hospital.
    "What many don't realize is that the corporate and private sectors play a
vital role in making miracles possible," says Marie Sheppy, Senior
Coordinator, Corporate Affairs, RE/MAX of Western Canada. "With public coffers
stretched to the limit, it's a fact that organizations like RE/MAX fund a
significant portion of the required cost to treat sick and injured children in
pediatric facilities across Canada. We work so hard because we know our
donations mean more than dollars and cents - it's an opportunity for healthy,
happy childhoods and hope for promising futures. There really is nothing more
rewarding than watching kids just be kids."
    In Canada, the funds raised on behalf of Children's Miracle Network help
support outreach programs and fund advancements in critical research, as well
as upgrades to medical facilities and equipment.
    "The outstanding generosity of RE/MAX Associates has helped more than
2.5 million Canadian children in 2007 alone - that's 1 in 4 kids nationally,"
says John Hartman, Chief Operating Officer - Canada, Children's Miracle
Network. "RE/MAX has made Children's Miracle Network hospitals a vital part of
what they do and continue to put giving back at the top of their agenda. Since
1992, RE/MAX has been a strong supporter of Children's Miracle Network. Their
dedication, passion and enthusiasm for the kids and families in their
communities across Canada is outstanding. They continue to give and give more.
We are very proud to be affiliated with RE/MAX. The progress being made thanks
to contributions like RE/MAX's has been nothing short of astonishing. While
care and outcomes have improved significantly, it also remains a reality that
the need has never been greater."
    In Canada, the children's hospitals/foundations receiving funding from
Children's Miracle Network are: BC Children's Hospital Foundation in
Vancouver, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation in Calgary, Stollery
Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Children's Health and Hospital
Foundation of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, The Children's Hospital Foundation of
Manitoba in Winnipeg, SickKids Foundation in Toronto, Children's Health
Foundation in London, McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, Children's
Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation in Ottawa, Operation Enfant Soleil (St.
Justine's Children's Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Centre
hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ), IWK Health Centre in Halifax, and
Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation in St. John's. For more information,
visit: www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca.

    RE/MAX is Canada's leading real estate organization with over 17,600
sales associates in more than 650 independently-owned and operated offices.
The RE/MAX franchise network is a global real estate system operating in over
65 countries. More than 7,000 independently-owned offices engage nearly
115,000 member sales associates who lead the industry in professional
designations, experience and production while providing real estate services
in residential, commercial, referral and asset management. For more
information, visit: www.remax.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Martysiewicz, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic
Canada, (905) 542-2400; Marie Sheppy, RE/MAX of Western Canada, (250)
860-3628; Alison Bloetjes, Children's Miracle Network, (905) 265-9750 ext.
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