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Mayor Tory to welcome participants and kick-off 6th Annual RBC Race for the Kids


Making a difference: thousands lace up in Toronto for youth mental health

TORONTO, September 14, 2018 - Over 8,500 supporters will be taking part in the 6th annual RBC Race for the Kids Toronto on Saturday, September 15 at Mel Lastman Square. Participants will be walking or running to raise funds in support of Sunnybrook’s Family Navigation Project, a unique program that helps youth struggling with mental health and/or addiction by partnering them with professionals that guide them to the specialized care they need.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 15, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*Please note updated times

WHERE:  Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON

Photo/interview opportunities include:




8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

*Note updated times

Photo Op: 5 km start
Interviews to follow

  • Mayor John Tory
  • Dave McKay, President and CEO, RBC
  • RBC Olympians Aaron Brown (bronze medalist in 4x100m relay), Samuel Effah (100m and 200m sprinter), Brittany Maclean (two-time bronze medalist in 4x200m swimming freestyle relay) and Sarah Wells (400m hurdles)
  • Patti Shugart, Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking & Global Credit, RBC Capital Markets and Executive Champion, RBC Race for the Kids Toronto
  • Dr. Andy Smith, President and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. Anthony Levitt, Medical Director, Family Navigation Project and Chief, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Tracey Addison, Parent Advocate with Lived Experience, Family Navigation Project, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

9:00 a.m.

Photo Op:

5,000 participants at the 5km starting line

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Photo Op:

RBC executives, RBC Olympians and Sunnybrook senior leadership handing out medals at the finish line

9:45 a.m.

Photo Op:

RBC Olympians engaging with race participants @RBC Training Ground

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For additional information or to confirm attendance/interviews, please contact:
Jennifer Palisoc, Communications Advisor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
416-480-4040 (416-671-9147 on event day),

Ranjit Dhatt, Pomp & Circumstance

Michelle Yao, Senior Manager, Brand Communications, RBC