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Manitoulin Island Realtor Braves Ecuadorian Volcano for Charity

A determined realtor from Manitoulin Island, Leanne Lewis, recently undertook a challenging 100-kilometer hike in Ecuador over the course of five days, all in the name of charity. The Royal Lepage Ecuador Challenge for Shelter saw 120 real estate agents participate, with Lewis raising an impressive $15,137 for Manitoulin Family Resources. The funds will be used to support the organization’s women’s shelter and programs aimed at ending family violence.

A Challenging Trek to Make a Difference

The charity hike took place at Pasochoa, an inactive volcano reaching more than 4,000 meters above sea level. Despite being afraid of heights, Lewis pushed through her fears, motivated by the support of her community and the commitment she had made to help others.

Throughout the journey, each day, a Royal Lepage member would share a personal experience of how they or someone they knew had been affected by domestic violence. These stories fueled the participants’ motivation and reminded them of the purpose behind their arduous trek.

Preparation and Training

Upon learning she had been selected to participate in the challenge in January, Lewis began her preparations by changing her eating habits and hiring a personal trainer. Troy Thompson, owner and trainer at T2 Systems in Sudbury, focused on high-intensity training to build her mental and physical strength.

Thompson expressed his pride in Lewis’s accomplishment, noting that she is a rare individual who follows through on their goals and overcomes obstacles.

A Life-Changing Experience

Despite the physical challenges of the trek, Lewis reported that she felt fine throughout the journey, although the altitude made breathing difficult. She mentioned that, if she were to undertake a similar challenge again, she would incorporate yoga or mindful breathing into her preparations.

Lewis shared that the most important lesson she learned from the experience was that taking small steps can ultimately lead to achieving one’s goals. She will continue collecting donations until December 31 before making her donation to Manitoulin Family Resources.

In a statement, Colleen Hill, the executive director of Manitoulin Family Resources, expressed gratitude for Lewis’s tireless commitment to helping women by raising funds for Haven House Women’s Shelter through her latest adventure.

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