For most people, spending five days in one of the harshest environments on earth would seem absurd. But Dale Temple is not like most people.
On November 14, Dale will be travelling to Morocco alongside a team of adventurous Royal LePage realtors as they embark on a 100-kilometre trek across the Sahara desert. The trek is part of an initiative called the Sahara Desert Challenge for Shelter, which aims to raise $1 million for The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Each trekker has to raise a minimum of $5,000 in order to participate, all of which goes directly to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs across Canada.
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
Dale has been an active supporter of The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation for the entirety of his real estate career. He donates a percentage from each of his sales to the foundation and always gets involved with the events they do each year. When the opportunity to do the Sahara Desert Challenge came up, he was thrilled to conjoin his sense of adventure with a charity close to his heart.
Dale has been going on regular hikes to prepare himself for the trek.
It was then he learned about WIN House, a non-profit based out of Edmonton that helps provide shelter, support, and emergency services for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. It’s one of the shelters supported by The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, and proceeds raised from the Sahara Desert Challenge will directly support victims of abuse, violence and human trafficking that turn to WIN House for help.
After speaking to some of the victims that WIN House has assisted, Dale was inspired to raise awareness for the shelter and services they provide to those escaping domestic violence.
“Throughout this process, I’ve had the opportunity to explain to hundreds of people what I’m doing this for, and what WIN House does. I’ve had the chance to speak to a few who unfortunately have been in a situation where they needed help, and they shared first-hand what it meant to have the support of a facility like WIN House.”
Dale’s goal is to raise $10,000, and he has raised nearly $6,000 so far. All money raised will go directly to the Shelter Foundation with 80% going to WIN House.
The Sahara Desert Challenge
The trip from Edmonton to Morocco is a journey in and of itself. After a lengthy 26-hour commute, Dale will touch down in Marrakech on November 15, giving him enough time to travel to the coast and tour the city of Essaouira before beginning his arduous trek across the Sahara on November 19.
He will then spend the next five days hiking across the beautiful but daunting terrain of the largest hot desert in the world. For up to seven hours a day, he’ll be traversing through a rocky desert landscape peppered with gorges, sand dunes, plateaus, and oases.
His journey begins by crossing the Maider El Kbir plateau, followed by a challenging climb up Jebel Lamrakeb. Dale and his group will then be guided by the dry Rhris River, making their way to the dunes of Boulaàdam where they will have the chance to visit nomadic caves and tents. In the final stretch of the challenge, they will spend their last few days hiking along the Tikertouachene River, before reaching the end of their journey in Oarzazate.
While the challenge will be a difficult one, Dale finds solace in the fact that he will not have to face it alone. He’ll be accompanied by a group of 30 Royal LePage realtors from across Canada, many of which he'll be meeting for the first time. Among them will be the President and CEO of Royal LePage, Phil Soper, who has previously taken part in the Iceland Challenge for Shelter in 2017.
"If we get lost, at least I know we’ll have some good leadership."