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RE/MAX SALES ASSOCIATES DONATE $2.5 MILLION TO CHILDREN´S MIRACLE NETWORK IN 2004

Kelowna, British Columbia -- Dedication, commitment, and sheer determination helped RE/MAX sales associates raise a record $2.5 million for Children's Miracle Network 14 member hospitals and foundations across Canada in 2004.

The contribution topped last year's donation of just over $2.2 million dollars, an increase of nearly 14 per cent. The Canadian contribution represented close to 30 per cent of the overall $8.1 million RE/MAX donated throughout North America last year.

"RE/MAX real estate professionals believe in giving back to the communities in which they live and work," says Helga Wendt, Manager, Regional Administration and Children's Miracle Network Liaison for RE/MAX of Western Canada. "It's more than a donation to a worthy cause, it's an investment in the future of our children. With RE/MAX, home is truly where the heart is."

The vast majority of proceeds were raised through successful Miracle Home Program, a program whereby sales associates donate a portion of their commission on each home they sell towards Children's Miracle Network. RE/MAX offices also organized separate events, from golf tournaments and boat cruises to silent actions to raise funds for the cause.

"For more than a decade, RE/MAX sales associates have helped millions of youngsters and their families in children's hospitals across the country," says Christine Martysiewicz, Director of Public Relations, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada. "The Children's Miracle Network is woven into the culture of our organization. It's part of our past. It's part of our future."

"We´re overwhelmed by the record-breaking results of the RE/MAX fundraising efforts in 2004," says John Hartman, Senior Vice President, Canadian Operations, Children´s Miracle Network. "RE/MAX, its real estate agents, brokers and staff have once again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the health and welfare of children across Canada. Over two million youngsters say thank you to RE/MAX and its customers for the success of the Miracle Home Program, local events, sponsorship and innovative initiatives that raise funds and awareness. It goes a long way toward ensuring that every child has the greatest possible opportunity to live a long, happy and healthy life."

In Canada, the funds raised on behalf of Children's Miracle Network help support research, outreach programs, and medical equipment. The member hospitals and foundations supported by Children's Miracle Network include: B.C.'s Children's Hospital Foundation, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation (Calgary), Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation (Edmonton), Children's Health Foundation of Saskatchewan, The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Sick Kids Hospital Foundation, McMaster Children's Hospital, Children's Health Foundation, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, IWK Health Centre Foundation, Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation, and Opération Enfant Soleil. Since 1992, RE/MAX sales associates nationwide have contributed over $18 million to the cause.

RE/MAX is Canada's leading real estate organization with over 14,300 sales associates in close to 600 independently-owned offices. The RE/MAX franchise network, now in its 32nd year of consecutive growth, is a global real estate system operating in 54 countries. More than 5,400 independently-owned offices engage over 100,400 member sales associates who lead the industry in professional designations, experience and production while providing real estate services in residential, commercial, referral, relocation and asset management.

RE/MAX SUPPORTS ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS

Kelowna, British Columbia -- RE/MAX of Western Canada is proud to support Organ Donor Awareness Week, April 17-23 designated by the national transplant societies. RE/MAX of Western Canada is partnered with www.givelife.ca and is committed to helping in spreading the word for this worthy cause. Givelife.ca is Canada's national organ donation website, providing a portal to all organ, tissue, blood and bone marrow programs throughout Canada and helps to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation. There is a critical shortage of registered organ donors in Canada. For example, in British Columbia according to the BC Transplant Society, approximately one of every three organs appropriate for transplant is lost because people do not register their wishes to become donors. Currently, 300f the patients waiting for a transplant will not survive and without an increase in registered donors, this percentage will only increase.

"We are privileged to partner with such an outstanding cause, whose plight is solely communicating the needs of those on organ donation wait lists in Canada," said Elton Ash, Regional Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada. "We hope that our joint venture with www.givelife.ca will help reach Canadians who have yet to register, and in doing so, will help save lives of many Canadians."

There are 4,000 Canadians awaiting life-saving organ transplants today. Thousands of others are awaiting cornea transplants, bone marrow transplants and of course, donated blood. They would all benefit from improved public education and awareness.

RE/MAX TO AWARD QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS WORTH $10,000

Kelowna, British Columbia -- For the 5th consecutive year, RE/MAX of Western Canada will offer a total of $10,000 in cash bursaries to school students in a program called "Quest for Excellence".

The program, introduced in June 2000 by RE/MAX of Western, is aimed at Western Canadian schools and encourages students in Grade 12 to enter an essay based on their interest and passion for a selected subject. There are six subjects that students can choose from: Leadership, Sports, Technology & Trades, Performing Arts, Fine Arts and Community Service.

Twenty young Canadians from Western Canada will be awarded the RE/MAX "Quest for Excellence" Scholarships each valued at $500. The application deadline is March 11, 2005. Award recipients will be notified by May 2, 2005, with a formal presentation at the students' commencement ceremonies.

In 2004, more than 880 entries were received from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Our previous award recipients of this scholarship have demonstrated a passion and commitment in their area of interest well beyond their age level. It is my distinct pleasure to be awarding the "Quest for Excellence" scholarships this year to those who are so clearly, "Above the Crowd!® " said Elton Ash, Vice President / Regional Director.

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