Macdonald Realty is excited to participate in the 22nd REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive campaign. Agents and staffs from our North Vancouver and West Vancouver offices collected new and used coats, blankets and warm clothing at Capilano Mall and Park Royal Mall. The offices then sorted and delivered the donations to charities and organizations in the area.
Since 1995, REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive has helped more than 290,000 people keeping warm and dry. The campaign for this year is over, but you can still donate the following items to the recipient charities:
- gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
- warm clothing, coats
- hats, gloves, scarves
- new socks and underwear
Click here for a list of suggested charities.
Click here for more information about REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.
We are delighted to announce the beginning of a new charitable partnership between Macdonald Real Estate Group and InspireHealth, a local not-for-profit supportive cancer care organization with centres in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna. They provide important programs and services to enhance quality of life, health and well-being of people living with cancer and their families.
Macdonald Real Estate Group has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of InspireHealth’s new cookbook ‘Inspired Cooking‘ featuring 50 exclusive recipes from 20 of Canada’s top chefs including BC’s Vikram Vij (Vij’s Restaurant Group), Ned Bell (Yew at Four Seasons Hotel), Warren Barr (The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn), James Walt (Araxi) and many more.
Last year, InspireHealth welcomed more than 2,400 new members, provided 2,000+ classes and more than 25,000 patient visits – all completely free of charge. This InspiredHealth cookbook is an important fundraising venture and we are so proud to be a leading sponsor of this project. Watch for the cookbook is stores this holiday season and if you wish to make a donation to the project you can visit their Kickstarter page here.
Our Maple Ridge office is sponsoring the Ridge Meadows Home Show this weekend, and providing shuttle service from the Albion Sports Complex parking to Albion Fairgrounds event space. Say hi to our team driving the golf carts!
HOME SHOW: ‘Wheely’ good fun on tap in Maple Ridge this weekend
Source: Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times
Feeling sporty this weekend?
Then head down to Albion Fairgrounds where you can take in high-flying BMXers and bubble ball soccer demos during the Ridge Meadows Home Show.
There’ll be high flying action in the corral, as some of the top-ranked riders in the world take bring big air jumps and half pipe demos to the home show.
This is a get-active “try it zone” with bicycles and safety gear provided and patrons encouraged to give the sport of BMX a try.
There will also be a scooter course for scooter enthusiasts.
Returning to the fairgrounds this weekend is the Action Sports Extreme Stunt Show.
Sponsored by Macdonald Realty (which also provides a shuttle service from the Albion Sports Complex to Albion Fairgrounds during the weekend), and presented by Maple Ridge Cycle, Ridge Meadows BMX, Big Steel Box, Timberline Ranch, and The Creative Ride, the stunt show is always popular.
The Stunt Show:
• Friday at 7 p.m.,
• Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and
• Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
From its formative years in the early 1970s to today, BMX is still flourishing.
“If it wasn’t for these people doing [jumps and racing] I wouldn’t have gotten into this business,” said Troy Scott, the owner-manager of Maple Ridge Cycle, which is helping present the stunt show.
“Dirt jumping has always been exciting – that’s why my shop’s been around so long. A lot of the stuff we sell are involved with these types of [BMX] bicycles.”
Scott said BMX’s staying power remains strong, in a world where most kids are drawn to computers and iGadgets.
“It [BMX’ing] competes with iPads and iPods,” Scott said. “When parents get Christmas lists and bikes are in front of iPads – you don’t see that very often anymore.”
The passion for BMX locally is part of the reason why this showcase returns each year to the home show.
“We need something for the kids and grandkids to do while parents are looking at renos,” Scott said.
Since it’s an outdoor display, “Mother Nature plays a big part in it,” Scott said.
Former professional BMXer Nate Berkheimer plays a big role in the BMX show.
Berkheimer, who has more than two decades of BMX experience, made several dirt jumping finals at the Dew Tour.
The Maple Ridge resident competed professionally in both racing and freestyle (stunt riding).
“Nate has a lot of his guest riders come out and they put on a good show,” said Travis Franklin, who along with fellow realtor John Johnson helps organize the shuttles and stunt show on behalf of Macdonald Realty.
“They do stunts, back flips… everything on the ramps. It’s quite exciting to watch.”
Meanwhile, for little ones anxious to try bike riding, check out Tykes for Tots.
For soccer fans, West Coast Auto Group Football Club (WCAGFC) is bringing a unique twist on the “beautiful game” to the home show.
Bubble soccer demos will be happening throughout the weekend.
According to Bubble Soccer Vancouver, players are outfitted in “zorb-like inflatable bubble suits” which keep them safe “as they roll around, flip right over and collide with each other – all while trying to score goals.”
WCAGFC offers its own bubble soccer programs for U8 players right up to adults (visit westcoastfc.ca/Bubble_Soccer).
“People have a chance to give it a go,” WCAGFC executive director Misty Thomas said. “It’s exhausting, actually, to play it. It’s quite active and mostly people spend a lot of energy laughing. As we keep saying, it’s one of the few sports where spectators can actually have as much fun as the actual participants.
Watching bubble soccer is hilarious.”
October 11th to 17th marked this year’s Homelessness Action Week in Greater Victoria. Imagine yourself experiencing poverty, down to your last few dollars of the month and you need to make a choice between food for your family, or toilet paper. Guess what? Food always wins. This means many individuals and families in Victoria actually greatly appreciate the luxury of toilet paper. Something we flush down the toilet every single day can literally change lives. TP the Town aims to raise 50,000 rolls of toilet paper for people in need.
This year two agents from the Macdonald Realty Victoria office, Tracy Keenan-Whyte and Dane Kingsbury, participated in this wonderful community event!
Here Tracey shares their experience:
“My colleague Dane & I got out there early this morning to collect rolls of toilet paper – yes you read correctly – to support Homelessness Action Week in Victoria. Last year over 48,000 rolls were raised, and together we are hoping to reach 50,000 this year. A HUGE THANK YOU!! to all the households that donated – we applaud you. Something as simple as TP that we take for granted everyday is a luxury for many folks. And when it comes to making budget decisions as the month nears its end – food always comes first. Big thanks again to all of our donors…Dane & I picked up over 400 rolls of TP this morning!”
Stay tuned for more spotlights on our REALTORS® active in British Columbia communities!
In June, Macdonald Realty agents, staff, frends and sponsors gathered for an afternoon in the sun at the Annual Charity Golf Tournament, held at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course.
Photos from this fun event can be found on our Facebook page.
Thank You to everyone who sponsored the event, as well as all the attendees!