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Health and Wellness

RBC Financial Group is a keen supporter of medical research, hospitals and health care-and our employees are active volunteers for all sorts of health-related causes in their communities.

2005 Highlights

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  • RBC donates $55,000 to the Rose and Max Rady Jewish Community Centre. The Rose and Max Rady Jewish Community Centre, located on the Asper Jewish Community Campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is home to social and cultural programs for children, youth, adults, and seniors. (September 2005)
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  • RBC donates $100,000 to pediatric palliative care. There are approximately 3,000 families in Quebec who have a child afflicted by a terminal illness: 1,800 of those live in the Greater Montreal area alone. (August 2005)
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  • RBC and the Terry Fox Run. 2005 marks the 25th annual Terry Fox Run, considered to be the largest, single-day fund-raiser for cancer research in the world. (August 2005)
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  • Community RBQ Helps the Hungry. In the summer of 2005, RBC hosted an "RBQ" for Winnipeg Harvest, a non-profit, community based organization that collects and shares surplus food with people who are hungry. (July 2005)
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  • RBC supports Bears on Broadway for CancerCare Manitoba. Learning that you or a loved one has cancer or a blood disorder can be devastating. (July 2005)
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  • RBC raises $350,000 in fight against multiple sclerosis. For the eighth consecutive year, RBC Financial Group (RBC) hosted the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Charity Golf Tournament in Toronto, Ontario, bringing together over 450 participants, 100 sponsors, and 70 volunteers, and raising a record-breaking $350,000 in support the work of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. (June 2005)
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  • A family's gift to the community. Blair Carter and his wife Rosemary are passionate believers in giving back to their community. (June 2005)
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  • RBC donates $350,000 to mobile medical education. RBC Financial Group (RBC), through its charitable foundation, has donated $350,000 to the STARS Human Patient Simulator (HPS) program, a mobile education unit that tours Alberta, parts of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and northern Montana.
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  • RBC boosts Emergency and Trauma program with $2 million donation. The Emergency and Trauma department at Sunnybrook and Women's College and Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, does more than just treat patients: it also tries to prevent people from becoming patients in the first place. (June 2005)
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  • RBC donates $150,000 to Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital. RBC Financial Group is investing $150,000 in Royal Care, a campaign for Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The funds will be used to support specialist training fellowships at a time when competition for specialists across North America is strong. (May 2005)
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  • RBC donates $500,000 to QEII Health Sciences Centre. RBC Financial Group announced a contribution of $500,000 to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (QEII). This donation will facilitate further growth of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP), and help to fund endowed chairs. (May 2005)
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  • RBC Employees Ride for Diabetes Research. Every year, one-half million North Americans die as a result of diabetes and its complications. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is dedicated to finding a cure for this potentially deadly disease. In fact, JDRF has funded, in whole or in part, the research projects of scientists involved in every major breakthrough in diabetes research for over 25 years. (May 2005)
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  • Canine caring for long-term patients. For the past year, RBC's Carol Ivey and her dogs, Misty and Chloe, have been bringing joy to patients in the Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia, Ontario. (May 2005)
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  • RBC donates $350,000 to University of Regina. RBC Financial Group (RBC) announced a $350,000 donation to the University of Regina's Building Dreams and Futures campaign. (April 2005)
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  • RBC commemorates Year of Veteran. The Government of Canada has designated 2005 as the Year of the Veteran, and to show its appreciation to those who have served, RBC is pleased to have undertaken the following initiatives. (April 2005)
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  • Rocky Mount, N.C. - RBC Centura Bank donated $10,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB, to help ACFB relocate to a new facility, which will offer more warehouse capacity and volunteer training areas as well as increase the number of loading docks.). RBC Centura will also support ACFB through employee volunteerism and leadership involvement. In addition, the two organizations are developing programs around food drives and corporate gift matching. (January 2005)

Local initiatives

  • Ancaster, Ontario: RBC employee Hemant Shaha was honored for his longtime work with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Shaha has organized The Multiple Sclerosis Charity Golf Tournament Hosted by RBC Procurement for the past eight years.

  • British Columbia: At the Super Cities WALK for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), RBC employees raised over $50,000, helping the MS Society, B.C. division achieve a record-setting $1 million for MS research, programs and services.

  • Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: RBC Royal Bank donated over $10,000 to the IWK Telethon for Children, which will be used for hospital equipment and research.

  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: RBC donated $10,000 to the CAT scan campaign at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

  • Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: For the ninth consecutive year, employees have helped dig, weed, plant and prune the Wandering Garden, a safe and accessible outdoor space for patients and staff at the Nova Scotia Hospital.

  • Geneva, Switzerland: RBC (Geneva) supported the Food for Life cycling program in Kenya with a gift of $17,000 US. The funds helped provide hot meals for 15,000 needy people per week. This program, considered the most comprehensive vegetarian food relief program available in Kenya, has been running for over five years.

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia: RBC donated $500,000 to the QEII Foundation. The funds will be used for the QEII Health Sciences Centre's multi-organ transplant program.

  • Kentville, Nova Scotia: Twenty RBC Royal Bank branches across western Nova Scotia raised $17,000 toward the construction of Fidelis House. The home, adjacent to the Valley Regional Hospital, welcomes outpatients and families who require temporary accommodation.

  • London, Ontario: RBC donated $50,000 to Parkwood Hospital's Season of Celebration fundraising campaign. The campaign supports projects that will help patients and residents feel more comfortable.

  • Moncton, New Brunswick: RBC donated $10,000 toward the Vision and Compassion campaign of the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital Foundation. The funds will support oncology, dialysis and research.

  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: RBC donated $8,000 to the Moose Jaw Union Hospital to help fund the purchase of a renal dialysis unit.

  • Nanaimo, B.C.: RBC donated $50,000 to the Surgical and Maternity Facilities Expansion at Nanaimo General Hospital.

  • Orleans, Ontario: RBC employees took part in the Canadian Cancer Relay for Life and raised $7,000.

  • Penticton, British Columbia: Every payday, RBC staff at Penticton Main Branch donate money to a special branch fund that they use throw a Christmas party for the less fortunate citizens in their town.

  • Pictou, Nova Scotia: RBC employees donated $3,000, raised from their annual fundraiser for the Pictou County Food Bank.

  • Prince George, B.C.: RBC donated $40,000 to the Prince George Regional Hospital for renovations to the Maternal Childcare Centre for Excellence.

  • Regina, Saskatchewan: RBC employees came together to give the Regina Residential Resource Centre and the SOFIA House a face lift. As active participants in the 2005 United Way Days of Caring Program, they painted, moved sheds and fences, planted flowers and did general yard clean-up.

  • River Glade, New Brunswick: RBC Royal Bank donated $5,000 to the Friends of Jordan Lifecare Centre Foundation Inc.

  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: The RBC Foundation donated $150,000 to the Royal University Hospital for medical specialist fellowships.

  • Shelburne, Nova Scotia: The Shelburne County Youth Health and Support Association was among 55 organizations across Canada receiving grants through the RBC After School Grants Program.

  • Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador: RBC donated $2,000 to the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation.

  • Strathmore, Alberta: Over 20 RBC employees and their families participated in the Cancer Society of Alberta's Relay for Life, and raised $20,000 for the cause.

  • Surrey, B.C.: The RBC Foundation donated $150,000 to the Surrey Memorial Hospital for its new Emergency Centre. Employees also set a fundraising goal of an additional $300,000 over five years through fundraising activities.

  • Vancouver, B.C.: The RBC Foundation donated $50,000 to the Lions Gate Hospital for its emergency department.

  • Wainwright, Alberta: RBC Royal Bank tool part in selling Charity Bears in a community-wide campaign to raise money for Stollery Children's Hospital.

  • Westlock, Alberta: In 2005, RBC presented its second instalment of $20,000 for a new CT scan for the Aspen Regional Health Board.

  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: RBC donated $8,000 to the Moose Jaw Union Hospital to help fund the purchase of a renal dialysis unit.

  • London, Ontario: RBC donated $50,000 to Parkwood Hospital's Season of Celebration fundraising campaign. The campaign supports projects that will help patients and residents feel more comfortable.


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