RBC makes $2-million gift to support the Campaign for BC Children



    Gift to support children and youth with mental health challenges

    VANCOUVER, April 14 /CNW/ - BC Children's Hospital Foundation announced
today that RBC has made a $2-million donation to the Campaign for BC Children.
The gift will be used to support BC children, youth and families coping with
mental health challenges.
    "RBC, its employees and clients have long supported BC Children's
Hospital," said Graham MacLachlan, regional president, British Columbia, RBC.
"The Campaign for BC Children is an opportunity for us to support children and
families across the province and recognize the great importance of addressing
mental health challenges early in life."
    Since 1986, RBC, its foundation, employees and clients have contributed
$7.7 million to BC Children's Hospital, including the gift to the campaign.
    "Early detection and treatment of mental health problems in children is a
key to enabling them to grow up to be healthy adults and productive members of
society," said Sue Carruthers, president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital
Foundation. "RBC's desire to tackle mental health issues shows vision and
compassion and is a perfect fit with our campaign goal of ensuring all of BC's
kids have access to the care they need."
    Priorities of the Campaign for BC Children include construction of a new
hospital - including an Emergency Department, Diagnostics and Imaging,
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Operating Suites and patient rooms; the
relocation of childhood development and rehabilitation services from Sunny
Hill Health Centre in East Vancouver to the Oak Street home of BC Children's,
and Child Health BC, a BC Children's Hospital initiative that is building
pediatric care capacity throughout the province.
    Construction of the new Children's Hospital will provide urgently needed
space for critical care. For example, the current operating rooms are
antiquated and do not have adequate space to accommodate the high tech
equipment required for complex surgical procedures. Patient rooms in the
existing hospital were not built to accommodate family members or provide the
healing environment children need for quicker recovery.
    BC Children's Hospital Foundation launched the Campaign for BC Children
exactly one year ago, when Premier Gordon Campbell announced provincial
government support for the plan to rebuild the hospital and relocate Sunny
Hill. To date, BC Children's Hospital Foundation has received campaign
donations from thousands of British Columbians in 223 BC communities. The
community has contributed $82 million to date toward the $200-million
campaign.
    The Campaign for BC Children is calling on British Columbians to "Be a
Superhero" for BC's children by making a donation to the campaign. Donations
can be made online at www.beasuperhero.ca or by calling 604-333-5417 or
toll-free at 1-877-977-HERO (4376). More information on the campaign and its
priorities is available at www.beasuperhero.ca.

    About RBC

    Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate
under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada's largest bank as measured by
assets and market capitalization, one of North America's leading diversified
financial services companies and among the largest banks in the world as
measured by market capitalization. We provide personal and commercial banking,
wealth and asset management services, insurance, corporate and investment
banking and transaction processing services on a global basis. We employ more
than 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 17 million
personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in
Canada, the U.S. and 48 other countries. For more information, please visit
www.rbc.com.

    About BC Children's Hospital

    BC Children's Hospital is the province's only full-service acute care
hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All
children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children's Hospital
and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with
consultation from Children's specialists, in their home community. Last year,
more than 72,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. BC Children's
Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 82,000 people last year
and had revenues of over $54.4 million. Funds raised by the foundation are
used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
and the Child & Family Research Institute.





For further information:

For further information: contact RBC or BC Children's Hospital
Foundation: Christie Smith, Public Affairs, RBC, Phone: (604) 665-4031,
E-mail: christie.smith@rbc.com; Debora Sweeney, Vice President & Chief
Communications Officer, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Phone: (604)
875-3635, 1-888-663-3033, Cell: (604) 828-4918, E-mail: dsweeney@bcchf.ca;
Stephen Forgacs, Director of Communications, BC Children's Hospital
Foundation, Phone: (604) 875-2338, 1-888-663-3033, Cell: (604) 719-4381,
E-mail: sforgacs@bcchf.ca

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