Media Advisory - RBC brings Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay to Alberta
Children's Hospital

CALGARY, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - The faces of the patients, families and staff at the Alberta Children's Hospital will be positively glowing when RBC brings the Olympic Flame into the hospital on Tuesday, January 19. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of history as the flame comes through Calgary on its cross-Canada journey.

    
    What:    Short speaking program
             Interview/photo opportunity with Olympic Torch and Alberta
             Children's Hospital Patients

    Who:     Mylene Theriault, RBC Olympian
             Willa Marshall, 2009 Champion Child for the Alberta Children's
             Hospital, part of the Champions Across Canada Program Presented
             by Walmart Canada
             Joanne Johnson, 2010 Olympic Torchbearer (Joanne will only be
             available post-event)
             Denise Ludwig, 2010 Olympic Torchbearer (Denise will only be
             available pre-event)
             Saifa Koonar, President and CEO, Alberta Children's Hospital
             Foundation
             Ken Hughes, Chair, Alberta Health Services Board
             Bruce MacKenzie, Regional President, Alberta and the
             Territories, RBC Royal Bank

    When:    Tuesday, Jan. 19
             8:15 - 9:00 am (Torch on-site for 10 minutes)

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    Where:   Alberta Children's Hospital   Media is asked to park in the
             Main Gathering Area           Rehabilitation parking lot on the
             2888 Shaganappi Trail NW      south side of the hospital, off
                                           24th Avenue. Security will be
                                           closely monitoring parking in
                                           front of the hospital.
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Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the Olympic Flame across the country with millions more cheering and supporting them. The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began its journey to Vancouver on October 30, 2009, when the flame arrived in Victoria following a traditional lighting ceremony in Greece. The Olympic Flame is now travelling from coast to coast to coast through every province and territory in Canada - spanning 45,000 kilometers and over 1,000 communities over the course of 106 days. It will end at B.C. Place on February 12, 2010, with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

As Canada's longest-standing supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team since 1947, RBC is a Premier National Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and proud to bring the Olympic Spirit to communities across Canada as presenting partner of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in child health and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally recognized pediatric research.

In the interest of our patients' security, we respectfully ask that media only photograph children wearing a sticker. Our Communications team will be happy to assist in identifying children to photograph and interview.

SOURCE Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

For further information: For further information: Nicole Fisher, RBC, Advisory, Corporate Communications, O: (403) 292-3970, C: (403) 542-0617, nicole.fisher@rbc.com; Justine Clay, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, Associate Manager, Communications, O: (403) 955-8824, jclay@achf.com

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