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Surrey, BC - On behalf of Fraser Valley’s 3,200-plus REALTORS®, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) has donated $32,500 to five food banks across its regional area.

“Fraser Valley Realtors are honoured to once again support local food banks and the incredible work they do for our communities,” said Charles Wiebe, President of the FVREB.

“Every day, these organizations provide critical assistance to families and individuals throughout the Fraser Valley. With this donation we hope to provide what help we can towards their efforts and the lives of those in their care.”

This is the sixth year Fraser Valley Realtors have donated to local food banks. In that time, a total amount of $132,500 has been distributed throughout the region.

As in previous years, the donation is divided proportionately based on the number of Realtors represented in each community. $13,325 will go to the Surrey Food Bank; $6,500 to the Sources Langley Food Bank; $6,825 to Sources White Rock South Surrey Food Bank; $975 to the North Delta Chapter of the Surrey Food Bank; $3,900 to the Abbotsford Food Bank; and $975 to St. Joseph’s Food Bank in Mission.

Rebecca Thuro, Communications Coordinator at the Abbotsford Food Bank, received the FVREB’s cheque on behalf of Abbotsford. “Food bank use in British Columbia has never been higher, as thousands of residents continue to struggle with the growing cost of living in our province. With every dollar or item of food donated, someone in your community – a neighbour, friend, child or grandparent - gets to live a little easier.”

“We’re grateful for this donation and the ongoing support of Fraser Valley Realtors.”

British Columbia’s food banks support over 100,000 people every year; please consider supporting the food bank organization in your community. For more information about all FVREB community giving initiatives, go to www.fvreb.bc.ca.

Attached photo: Rebecca Thuro, Communications Coordinator, Abbotsford Food Bank and Charles Wiebe, FVREB President

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The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board is an association of 3,280 real estate professionals who live and work in the communities of North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, and Mission, British Columbia. The FVREB marked its 90-year anniversary in 2011.

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