Team Canada RBC Visa Gift Card - a great gift that also supports the
Canadian Olympic Foundation with $2 donation from every sale
TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - With the holiday season just around the
corner, Canadians may feel that some of the stresses of shopping are
unavoidable. In a recent survey, almost half of Canadians (48 per cent)
say the biggest annoyances they face when holiday shopping are the crowds, going to the mall and
long line ups. This is followed by not knowing what to buy (43 per
cent) and having difficult people to buy for (29 per cent).
"We all want to give gifts that will be appreciated by the receiver.
However, it can be difficult to find the perfect gift, which in turn
can make shopping really stressful," said Prashant Sharma,
vice-president, Retail Cards, RBC. "The holidays are demanding enough
already, but there are alternative options to help alleviate the
pressures of gift giving, such as a prepaid gift card."
For those facing the struggles of finding a perfect gift, a prepaid card
can be easy and convenient. Many Canadians already choose to give a gift card as an easy way to reduce frustrations:
When they are not sure what to buy (39 per cent)
When they want to give the recipient options (35 per cent)
When it's what the recipient asked for (34 per cent)
When they can't decide on an actual gift (28 per cent)
Just in time for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, RBC is excited to
announce the launch of the limited edition Team Canada RBC Visa Gift
Card, featuring an iconic image of the Women's Gold Medal winning
hockey team from 2010. As part of RBC's continued commitment to
supporting Canadian athletes, RBC will donate $2 from the sale of every
Team Canada RBC Visa Gift Card sold from December 1, 2013 to February
28, 2014 to the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Team Canada RBC Visa Gift
Cards can be purchased at any RBC Royal Bank branch.
"We are so fortunate to have partners like RBC who truly appreciate and
understand that it's a long journey to the top of the podium for our
Canadian athletes," said Leanne Nicolle, executive director, Canadian
Olympic Foundation. "This is a great initiative and the funds raised
from sales of these prepaid gift cards will support our athletes as
they prepare to compete against the best in the world."
Last year, RBC removed most fees on the RBC Visa Gift Card and announced
that funds on the RBC Visa Gift card will not expire. Available in
denominations ranging from $25 to $500, RBC Visa Gift Cards may be
purchased at any RBC branch across Canada and are accepted worldwide
for purchases. More secure than cash, RBC Visa Gift Cards can be used
anywhere around the world where Visa cards are accepted, including
online, and provide friends and family more options than traditional
store gift cards.
Learn more about RBC Visa Gift Cards at rbc.com/visagiftcard.
About the Poll
The survey is conducted online via Ipsos Reid's national I-Say Consumer
Panel to 3,261 Canadians (530 British Columbia, 450 Alberta, 452
Saskatchewan/Manitoba, 813 Ontario, 563 Quebec, 453 Atlantic Canada).
Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the
sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to
Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample
universe. Data collection was October 1 to 9, 2013. The precision of
Ipsos Reid polls are calculated using a credibility interval. In this
case, the poll is considered accurate within ±2 percentage points of
About RBC and Amateur Sport
RBC supports amateur sport in communities across Canada, from
recreational to competitive activities, and from grassroots to
elite-level athletes. At the grassroots level, RBC is committed to
supporting programs which help children develop the confidence and
skills they need to enable them to play, and become happy, healthy and
active for life. RBC is proud to be the longest-standing corporate
supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team, since 1947, as well as a
premier sponsor of Hockey Canada. Visit www.rbc.com/sponsorship.
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,
sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed
more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and
community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in
Image with caption: "Team Canada RBC Visa Gift Cards featuring Women's Gold Medal Winning hockey team from the 2010 Olympic Games (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131128_C5708_PHOTO_EN_33951.jpg
For further information:
Kate Yurincich, RBC Communications, 416 974-1031, firstname.lastname@example.org
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