Vancouver celebs come out to support Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program
It was giggles from two young girls while listening to their mother, Lisa Robertson, give a speech at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver last Tuesday night that got the room laughing. Despite the fact that one of the girls suffers from a debilitating disease and has undergone multiple surgeries, Robertson insisted, “This kid is so happy. You have no idea.”
And she has Habit for Humanity Greater Vancouver to thank for that.
Addressing a crowd of nearly 200 who had gathered for the kick-off of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s first annual Women Build program event, Robertson, overcome with gratitude, struggled to tell the story of how she and her family found themselves under the wing of Tim Clark, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver.
“Our new, beautiful home is amazing. We have wide hallways, wide doorways, we have low counters… everything is so accessible,” speaking to the needs of her young daughter who is confined to a wheelchair.
According to Clark, who shared some somber statistics on poverty and housing needs in our communities, Robertson’s family is just one of the 85,000 in Metro Vancouver who are in need of safe and decent housing, “We have over 153,000 poor children in B.C. – enough children to fill Rogers Arena over eight times. For single-mother families in B.C., 50 per cent are struggling to decide between groceries and heat.”
While the details are grim, the evening was celebratory, and showcased Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, which, according to the organization, “gives women the chance to empower themselves and others by fundraising and building homes for Habitat partner families.”
Celebrity guests included Love It or List It Vancouver star, Jillian Harris (pictured above), CBC radio personality Fred Lee and CTV’s Norma Reid. Attendees had an opportunity to bid on items donated for the silent auction, test their skills on a number of power tools displayed, hop into a photo booth wearing Women Build signature pink hard hats, and see for themselves some of the items on offer at Habitat’s ReStore locations.
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