TORONTO AND LONDON, June 11, 2012 /CNW/ - RBC Dexia Investor Services
employees from around the globe have raised more than €175,000
(C$227,230) to support orphaned, poor and exploited children through
the UK-based charity Hope for Children. This employee-driven charitable initiative represents one of RBC
Dexia's most ambitious global fundraising projects to date.
On June 13th, 2012, the culmination of a six-month awareness and fundraising
program, 28 RBC Dexia employees from four countries and three
continents will climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free
standing mountain and, at 5,895m above sea level, the highest mountain
The money raised from the expedition, named Trek for Hope, will support a community in Namuwongo, Uganda where 20,000 people live
in impoverished conditions without water or electricity.
"Our employees, both the climbers and the many contributors across our
global operation, were eager to participate, eager to reach and exceed
the fundraising goal and to donate all they could to help Hope for Children provide for this particular Ugandan community in need," said John
Thompson, Chief Financial Officer for RBC Dexia Investor Services and
one of the climbers.
Hope for Children is a not-for-profit charity organisation established in 1994 to serve
"orphaned, poor and exploited" children all over the world. RBC Dexia
has long supported HOPE, both through corporate and employee donations,
"RBC Dexia's Trek for Hope is a landmark moment in our history as an
organisation and complements other support which is to be given to the
community of Namuwongo, in Kampala, Uganda," said Simon Jackman, Chief
Executive, Hope for Children. "Through the generosity of RBC Dexia,
from the very top of the company to those intrepid climbers and through
the engagement of all their employees, this initiative leaves a legacy
which the company can surely be proud of."
The climbers were provided with individual fundraising targets which RBC
Dexia matched up to a certain amount when they reached their goal.
Fundraising activities and fitness strategies were communicated through
an internal company blog, updated regularly by multiple Trek for Hope
team leaders spanning the globe.
"Our focus as a climbing group was to engage our fellow employees and do
whatever it took to reach our fundraising targets," said Sabine
Ducroux, Senior Counsel in London, UK for RBC Dexia and one of the 28
climbers. "Climbing a mountain is nothing compared to what these
children endure everyday just to stay alive."
The climbers will be documenting their climb using a satellite phone to
provide daily updates for a Trek for Hope blog and through the social
media application Twitter.
To donate directly to Hope for Children, please go to www.hope-for-children.org/
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help clients grow their business and sustain enhanced performance
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