RBC makes $250,000 donation to after-school programs across Canada on behalf of clients

    Donation marks national 'FIRST FOR YOU DAY' celebrating RBC clients

    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - RBC today announced a donation of $250,000 to
after-school programs across the country on behalf of its clients. The
donation was made as part of 'FIRST FOR YOU DAY,' a national celebration of
RBC clients, employees and communities that will take place on June 22.
    As part of 'FIRST FOR YOU DAY,' RBC Royal Bank branches across Canada
will host a variety of activities to celebrate clients and thank them for
their business. All Canadians are invited to join the festivities.
    "We very much appreciate our clients, employees and communities and
wanted to thank them for their loyalty and the role they play in making us
Canada's leading financial services provider," said Jim Westlake, group head,
Canadian Banking, RBC. "We wanted to do something special as a gesture of
appreciation, as well as make a positive impact in all of our communities."
    Today's donation is in addition to the more than $2 million contributed
to after-school programs in 2007 and $12.6 million contributed since 1999. "We
believe our continuing investment in education not only helps children, but
also strengthens our families, enriches our communities and builds the
intellectual capital we need to ensure the health and prosperity of our
country," said Westlake.

    RBC's long-term support of education is an investment in Canada's
communities and future. Over one-quarter of the RBC Foundation's annual budget
is devoted to education - more than $10 million in 2006. Since 1999, the
community-based RBC After-School Grants Program has provided funding for
learning and skill development opportunities for youth in the hours after
classes end for the day. For more information, visit

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For further information: Media contact: Jackie Braden, (416) 974-2124

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