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How is Royal Bank of Canada helping us build The Ark?

11 DECEMBER 2018

In May, Royal Bank of Canada’s Trade for the Kids day helped Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice as one of six UK charities chosen as beneficiaries. This is against the backdrop of over $3 million in total donations generated for 40 charities worldwide.

A few weeks ago we welcomed Clyde Muir, Royal Bank of Canada’s Vice President, Business Marketing and Citizenship, Europe and Asia RBC Capital Markets, to The Ark for the first time to see how the money raised has been put to good use.

 What did you feel when you saw The Ark?

“To finally visit the site of The Ark was an uplifting, moving and insightful privilege. A great deal of thought has clearly gone into its design, and into the facilities it will provide. Its natural setting is so peaceful and will be a source of comfort for residents and visitors.

“The progress made to date testifies to the dedication of all those supporters directly involved in The Ark’s build. The fact that the contractors appreciated the broad range of needs that The Ark would cater for and thus granted work on a pro bono basis was so uplifting.

“It was also a pleasure to meet members of the Care Team, such as Hayley – the Head of Specialist Care and Nursing – who fulfil the charity’s promise to families in heartbreaking circumstances. I’ve now understood why those workers are rightly described as ‘heroes’ and I’m thrilled that they will soon have a resource as wonderful as The Ark to support their efforts.”

Why was Noah’s Ark chosen for Trade for the Kids in 2018?

“Being an existing charity partner of RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice was added to a long list of youth-focused charity candidates for RBC’s Trade for the Kids event.

“A staff vote then determined which three charities would join three existing strategic charity partners of RBC Capital Markets (Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Prince’s Trust) to receive donations totaling over half a million pounds. Noah’s Ark was selected democratically along with YoungMinds and Teenage Cancer Trust.”

How might RBC and Noah’s Ark be able to work together in the future?

“At RBC we truly live by our collective ambition which is to help clients thrive and communities prosper. Our staff dedicate themselves thoroughly to this in many ways, through fundraising, donations, volunteering and by providing pro bono support.

“I hope to see RBC colleagues running marathons to raise money for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and I hope to see volunteers helping complete this amazing project and also contributing to its upkeep. Colleagues at RBC are genuinely and frequently embedded in the work of our charity partners and I see Noah’s Ark as a wonderful cause to support.”

To read more about this year’s event, see RBC ‘Trade for the Kids’ donates £83k to Noah’s Ark

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