It won’t exactly be an easy week.
Kyle Hislop of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty is getting ready for a new fundraiser, Living on the Roof.
Hislop will be at the mercy of the elements atop his office building on Young Road from Feb. 2-7 to help stop violence against women.
It’s a special fundraiser for the local Ann Davis Transition Society, and he hopes to raise $5,000 — of which every penny will go to charity.
Hislop told The Progress he’s never been winter camping, and it’s been a few years since he pitched a tent outdoors, so he was relieved when a good friend lent him a toasty-warm sleeping bag.
The ADTS supporter said he definitely wanted to orchestrate a bold stunt, or a large gesture, that people would notice and be inspired by.
Last year he willingly wrecked his knees by trucking up and down a mountain, doing 100 hikes on Teapot Hill in 100 days, to raise about $2000 for ADTS.
As of Monday, the local real estate agent will be on the roof, eating, sleeping and living in a tent, with the help of little more than a camp stove and a porta-potty.
“Hopefully this will also raise a lot of money for the cause,” he said.
Royal LePage also has a national charity which they’re linked to, and 70 Royal LePage real estate agents from across Canada are paying their own way to hike Machu Picchu later this year to raise money for The National Shelter Foundation.
Hislop said he has Living on the Roof pledges worth $2,800 so far, and the rooftop effort will kick off the Machu Picchu campaign.
“I don’t think people realize that organizations fighting domestic violence sometimes have a hard time fundraising. It’s a topic often kept behind closed doors, so the work they do is difficult to promote.”
His local charity is the Ann Davis Transition Society and he’s been a proud sponsor of the work they do for the past few years.
Donate to Living on the Roof online at www.kylehislop.com or bring cash or a cheque to the offices of Royal LePage at 8-8337 Young Rd.
“Every little bit helps…and I appreciate your support,” he added.