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Help Our Cause

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Chris Pennycook

Welcome to my Ecuador Challenge for Shelter fundraising page!

Women’s shelters in Canada need our support now more than ever to fund their life-saving and life-changing work. As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, shelters across the country are reporting rising rates of domestic violence and more women than ever who are reaching out for help. While most of our lives have returned to normal, there are women and children in all corners of the country who are now fleeing the danger within their homes and working to rebuild their future after experiencing domestic violence. 

I plan to help and I hope you will join me in making a difference!

One of the greatest experiences of my life was participating in the 2021 Purcell Mountain Challenge to raise funds in support of women’s and children’s shelters. After learning about current challenges and needs facing Winnipeg women’s and children’s shelters, I decided I really wanted to help again. 

This November 2023, I will be heading to Ecuador to trek for five days towards one of the highest active volcanoes in the world! During this high-altitude adventure, I will be hiking long days across varied terrain in unpredictable mountain weather.  I’ll be camping in a tent and going without cell service, electricity, bathroom facilities and other comforts of home. This trek will not be easy but it will be immensely worthwhile. Each step I take and every dollar I raise will support courageous women and children in our community who are seeking safety and hope for a life free from violence.  Once again I have hired a personal trainer to get me ready for this difficult challenge.But it is nothing in comparison to what women and children experience who are seeking safety and a life free from abuse. 

Your donations to my last trek, made a significant difference! The Bravestone Shelter was able to make major improvements to their program suites which allowed families to focus on healing and rebuilding their lives. Willow Place provides one third of the province’s crisis support counting 9,000 stays in an average year. They now have a dedicated housing counsellor and have expanded their survivor outreach and follow-up services. Facing increasing shelter demands and rising operational costs, more program space and shelter beds are urgently required to accommodate their needs.

Please click the SPONSOR ME link near the bottom of this page to help me reach my fundraising goal. 

Thank you for your support! Please note: The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation issues tax receipts in February for all donations of $20 or more made in the previous calendar year.

  • Goal $100,000.00
  • Raised $115,707.04
Top Donations
  • 10 G Foundation Fund - $10,000.00
  • Eton Harris - $10,000.00
  • Dave and Diane Johnston - $5,000.00
  • Michael G Banville - $5,000.00
  • Moira and Ian Farrer - $5,000.00
Donor Date Amount Message
Martin Maykut 11/19/2023 $500.00
Michelle Saltel 11/18/2023 $100.00
Thomas Hart 11/17/2023 $37.04
Glen MacAngus 11/14/2023 $250.00
Derek & Bev Devlin 11/11/2023 $100.00 Wishing you the Best! Good luck! D&B
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