Canada's Walk of Fame Declares Free The Children beneficiary of charity ball fundraising

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Peter Soumalias, President and Founding Director
of Canada's Walk of Fame, today announced that Free The Children is the
charity recipient of fundraising proceeds from the RBC Inductee Charity Ball.
    The RBC Inductee Charity Ball takes place on Saturday, September 12 at
the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, immediately following the Canada's Walk of
Fame Tribute Ceremony, recently renamed The Canada Honours. Hosted by Anne
Murray, this year's Tribute will honour Blue Rodeo, Dsquared2, Howie Mandel,
Kim Cattrall, Robert Munsch, Tom Cochrane and Chantal Petitclerc.
    "We are extremely pleased to designate Free The Children as this year's
Walk of Fame charity of choice and very much appreciate the generous role that
RBC is playing as sponsor of this year's Inductee Charity Ball," said Peter
Soumalias. "With the help of RBC plus other corporate and individual donors as
well as an exclusive list of donated auction items, we intend to make a major
contribution to the excellent work of Craig Kielburger and Free The Children."
    Free The Children is the world's largest network of children helping
children through education, with more than one million youth involved in their
innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995
by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has
a proven track record of success. The primary goals of the organization are to
free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the
notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world.
    "RBC has always believed that we can have the greatest impact by
contributing to the communities in which we live and work," said Gordon M.
Nixon, President and CEO, RBC. "By partnering with Free The Children, we are
able to build the foundation for youth to grow and empower themselves to
create social change in their own communities and for the future."

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Adrienne Kakoullis, Holmes
Creative Communications, (416) 628-5610,; Chris
McDowall, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5648,; Matt Gierasimczuk, RBC Media Relations, (416) 974-2124,

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