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Thousands to run in support of cancer and mental health

Posted on 31/05/2017 9:00am

May 31, 2017 – Vancouver, BC – Thousands of children will be joined by their parents, teachers and other supporters as they take to the streets around Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday, June 4 at 9 am, for the annual RBC Race for the Kids. As the largest family fun-run in Vancouver, RBC Race for the Kids raises funds for pediatric oncology programs and mental health initiatives at BC Children’s Hospital.

Seventeen-year-old cancer survivor Will Heine, the 2017 RBC Race for the Kids Champion, will cross the start line at Midlothian Avenue and Clancy Loranger Way and run five-kilometres for the hospital that saved his life. Participants will walk or run on either a five-kilometer scenic route through Queen Elizabeth Park or the two-kilometer fun run, which includes a traffic-free leg along a smoothly paved block of Cambie Street.

“Every child and family in BC deserves the best care possible and we are very fortunate to have a world-class facility like BC Children’s Hospital ready to help when needed,” said Graham MacLachlan, Regional President, BC, RBC Royal Bank. “RBC has a long legacy of supporting youth causes worldwide and we are committed to the well-being of kids and youth. I look forward to running alongside close to 500 of my RBC colleagues, as well as thousands of kids, youth and families, raising funds and awareness to support the important work of BC Children’s Hospital.”

Vancouver-based philanthropists and long-time participants Chip and Shannon Wilson are once again offering up the Wilson Family Challenge. For every participant who raises $1,000 or more, the Wilson family will personally contribute $1,000 directly to RBC Race for the Kids. Participants who raise $1,000 or more will also receive a commemorative “superhero” cape on run day.

“RBC Race for the Kids is the biggest family fun run in Vancouver, one that we contribute to and participate in as a family,” said Chip Wilson. “We value the great clinical care and innovative research being done at BC Children’s Hospital. Through supporting fundraisers like RBC Race for the Kids, we help ensure that all children have an opportunity to live healthy, meaningful lives and fulfil their potential.”

As an added incentive, participants will automatically receive one entry into a prize draw for every $100 they raise. Prizes include a team signed Vancouver Canucks jersey, four Vancouver Whitecaps FC tickets with a David Ousted signed jersey and four team signed scarves, and an Air Canada flight for two anywhere in North America, including Mexico and the Caribbean.

Since its inception in 1986, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s signature run, and largest family fun run in Vancouver, has raised over $12 million in support of childhood cancer research and treatment and pediatric mental health initiatives. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate and to start their own fundraising page to help raise much-needed funds and awareness for child health in BC. In 2016, more than 6,600 participants raised $1million for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit www.bcchf.ca/race.

About BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care pediatric hospital. Last year, BC Children’s Hospital treated more than 84,000 children. The money raised by the foundation supports BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute, and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information, visit www.bcchf.ca.

About RBC Race for the Kids
RBC Race for the Kids is an exciting series of 15 charitable runs supporting children’s causes in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, United Kingdom and the United States. Increasing in popularity every year, RBC Race for the Kids events have attracted more than 124,000 participants to-date, and raised over $27 million for children’s charities around the world. RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. For more information please see: http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/.

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Media Contact:
Pamela Smith
Communications Specialist
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
C: 604.787.8872
psmith@bcchf.ca

RBC Race for the Kids Event Contact:
Sarah Luong
Philanthropy & Events Coordinator
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
C: 604.961.0125
sluong@bcchf.ca