Thomas Hart of Royal LePage embarks on his second trek to raise money for Lilli House, where he will spend five days crossing the Sahara Dessert. His first trek in 2017 took him across colder terrain pictured here in Landmannalaugar, Iceland. Photo submitted

Thomas Hart of Royal LePage embarks on his second trek to raise money for Lilli House, where he will spend five days crossing the Sahara Dessert. His first trek in 2017 took him across colder terrain pictured here in Landmannalaugar, Iceland. Photo submitted

Sahara Desert beckons Comox Valley Realtor

  • Nov. 8, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Royal LePage sales representative Thomas Hart will be travelling to Morocco where Hart and a group of 120 colleagues will trek more than 100-kilometres on a five-day journey across the Sahara Desert.

He is doing this for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children. The funds raised by Hart will go to Comox Valley Transition Society and Lilli House in the Comox Valley.

The group of 120 will be split into four, with Hart’s contingent set to begin its trek on Nov. 18.

Part of the message Hart hopes will come out of his trek is that people will realize it isn’t just marginalized people who experience violence.

“It could be your neighbour; it could be somebody who comes from a very well-off family. It’s across the board.”

This will be the second time Hart has travelled the world in support of the Comox Valley Transition Society, having gone on a similar fundraising trip in Iceland back in 2017.

That previous trip saw Hart raise more than $5,250, which is on top of the $13,400 that the Royal LePage Petite Fondo raised that year as well.

His fundraising goal this year is $6,000, but Hart stands at $5,400 and hopes to meet his $6,000 goal.

“If I can get over $6,000, that’s $11,000 that goes a long way, helping Comox Valley women and children rebuild their lives.”