RBC to announce $92,000 in grants to benefit local children

    New award to be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County in
    Sherwood Park for its after-school program later today

    EDMONTON, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - RBC will award $40,000 to the Boys and Girls
Club of Strathcona County in Sherwood Park for its after-school program during
a community celebration today. Identified as one of the best after-school
programs in the country, this program provides a safe environment where
children and youth can overcome challenges and develop self-confidence in
order to acquire the skills to succeed in life.
    The Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County is one of only 77
organizations from across Canada to receive a prestigious RBC After-School
Grant for the 2007/2008 school year.
    In addition to the Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County, two other
Edmonton area after-school programs will receive renewed funding from RBC.
Those recipients are the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre ($32,000)
and the Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton - Rundle Youth Centre ($20,000).
    To launch its support of this inspiring program, RBC is hosting a
community celebration at the Boys and Girls Club, 922 Ash Street, Sherwood
Park at 4:30 p.m. RBC Olympian and Diving, Bronze Medalist - 2004 Olympics,
Blythe Hartley will be on hand to share her experiences, engage the children
in training activities and inspire them to be the best they can be. She will
also present the children with chocolate gold medals to honour their efforts
and accept a good luck message from the children.
    "RBC's grants are considered a 'seal of approval' among Canada's
after-school program providers," says Chuck Van Deel Piepers, board president
for the Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County. "We are thrilled that these
funds will help us continue to deliver much-needed programs in our community."
    "We believe that helping children learn is one of the best investments
our company can make," says Daniel Edwards, branch manager at RBC's Sherwood
Park branch. "A good after-school program can be a third-watch, bridging the
gap between schoolwork and homework and giving children an opportunity to take
part in activities where they have a chance to shine."
    Grant recipients were chosen after a nationwide search yielded over 150
applications for funding. This year, there are 18 first-time grant recipients,
with the remainder having received grants in previous years. Each program will
receive between $20,000 and $40,000 from RBC. To be chosen for a RBC grant,
after-school programs must offer structured, supervised activities in an
environment that provides what RBC has termed the "three S's": safety, social
skills and self-esteem.
    For 2007/2008, RBC Foundation is providing more than $2 million in
funding for 77 after-school programs in communities across Canada. This is one
of the largest community investments RBC will make this year and is part of
RBC's ongoing commitment to children and education. RBC has been funding
after-school programs since 1999 with more than $14.8 million given through
472 grants to 157 different organizations that have helped more than 14,000
children over the past seven years. For more information, visit

    About RBC

    RBC is considered one of Canada's most respected corporations and leading
employers, and is recognized among the world's financial, social and
environmental leaders. RBC is included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index,
the Jantzi Social Index, the FTSE4Good Index, and the Global 100 Most
Sustainable Corporations ranking. In 2006, the company contributed more than
$83 million to community causes worldwide, through donations of more than
$42 million, and an additional $41 million in sponsorship of community events
and national organizations. The company produces an annual Corporate
Responsibility Report outlining its sustainability performance.

For further information:

For further information: Diana Ward, Public Affairs, RBC Financial
Group, (403) 292-3372; On-site contact: Wafa Kadri, (403) 862-7127

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