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Sarnia realtor Mike Cullis is trading in his cellphone reception for a connection with a breathtaking part of the world this summer.

The 33 year old Royal LePage Key Realty agent will be lacing up his hiking shoes for the Iceland Challenge for Shelter, a week long 100 kilometre trek set for July through the Southern Highlands one of the country’s most active volcanic areas to raise funds for women’s shelters and violence prevention programs.

like the idea of the challenge, Cullis said. family and clients are saying, ‘You’re a realtor and you’re going to be outside without your phone for a week?’ for Cullis who admits he isn’t an outdoorsy individual that’s part of the reason why he decided to sign on for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation fundraiser.

Cullis was recently inspired to try the all you can fit in a backpack life after watching Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things a film about two men who traded in corporate jobs to live and teach the minimalist lifestyle.

like the idea of it, Cullis said. really about being conscious of what you’re purchasing and carrying around, so this will be a good test for me. order to participate in the trek, Cullis needs to raise $5,000 all of which will be divvied up between the Women’s Interval Home of Sarnia Lambton and the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

Founded in 1998, the foundation has raised more than $22 million allowing it to financially support each year between 180 and 200 women’s shelters and other charities focused on ending domestic violence.

As of Tuesday, Cullis had raised close to $900 of his $5,
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000 fundraising goal, but he said he just signed up for the trek a month and a half ago.

By comparison, he said some of his fellow Canadian Royal LePage agents turned trekkers have been fundraising for months.

While Cullis has to do fundraising to participate in the challenge, he’s personally covering the entire cost of his trip, including travel and gear.

paying for the whole trip, he said. nothing being subsidized or anything like that. realtor for the past four years, Cullis plans to take the camera equipped drone he uses for his real estate videos to Iceland to capture its beauty.

He and fellow Royal LePage realtors from across Canada will be walking the Landmannalaugar route across the Southern Highlands a mountainous landscape dotted with pristine streams, moss covered stones and multi coloured volcanic rocks.

very untouched, Cullis said of the landscape.

But before he heads to Iceland, Cullis plans to clock time in at the gym and do some practice hikes in order to build strength for walking hours at a time across mountainous terrain.

He’ll also be lugging a 60 litre hiking backpack with all of his necessities,
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including his entire wardrobe for the trip.