RBC Bank Celebrates Blue Water Day June 11 and Announces $125,000 in New Grants to NC Water Groups
Raleigh Headquarters Event Is Part of RBC’s 10-year, Multimillion Dollar Pledge to Fund Awareness and to Help Protect Fresh Water Across the Globe
RALEIGH, N.C. – June 11, 2010 – RBC Bank has announced a $100,000 leadership grant and six community action grants totaling more than $125,000 as part of the bank’s celebration of Blue Water Day. The grant recipients, all North Carolina-based organizations dedicated to fresh water initiatives, were selected to receive funding as part of the Raleigh-based U.S. bank’s participation in the Blue Water Project: a global pledge of $50 million in grants over 10 years to help protect fresh water in many parts of the earth and to fund important work being done by Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Project grant recipients worldwide.
Chris Bell, regional vice president of Commercial Markets for RBC Bank, announced the grant winners along with Dr. David Moreau, a member of RBC’s seven-person international Blue Water Advisory Panel and a professor of water resources and environmental planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"RBC Bank’s commitment to the communities where we do business is demonstrated by the global Blue Water Project," said Bell. "We are pleased to take a leadership role in helping to protect and preserve our most precious natural resource – fresh water. These North Carolina organizations receiving Blue Water Grants are working hard to help us all have water for the future. We are proud to introduce them to you and to help them achieve their important missions."
The 2010 Blue Water Leadership Grant recipient is the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, based in Washington, N.C. The organization will receive a $100,000 grant to support its efforts to launch "Operation Medicine Cabinet." This is an integrated campaign of public and legislative awareness, education and behavior change that is designed to reduce damage to the watersheds of North Carolina by the untreated discharge of pharmaceuticals into the state’s water ways.
In addition, Bell announced that the North Carolina recipients of recent Community Action Grants of up to $5,000 each are:
The grant announcements are a part of RBC Bank’s celebration of Blue Water Day, June 11. On this day, across the bank’s six-state territory and beyond, employees are wearing blue, grant winners are being announced and special fresh water-conservation themed exhibits and events are being presented at a number of banking offices. In communities around the world almost 80,000 employees affiliated with the Royal Bank of Canada in 55 countries are marking the first-ever Blue Water Day by wearing blue to raise awareness about the value and vulnerability of water, the world's most precious natural resource.
Blue Water Day and the announcement of recent 2010 Blue Water Grants in North Carolina are part of the Raleigh-based U.S. bank’s participation in RBC’s Blue Water Project, which includes a global pledge of $50 million in grants over 10 years to help protect fresh water in many parts of the earth and to fund important work being done by RBC Blue Water Project grant recipients worldwide.
ABOUT RBC BLUE WATER PROJECT:
The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging program to help foster a culture of water stewardship, so that people will have clean fresh water today and tomorrow. Over the next ten years, our goal is to contribute to a future of sustainable water resources worldwide through:
Additional information on the RBC Blue Water Project can be found at www.rbc.com/bluewater.
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