A Decade of Racing for the Kids - a Monumental Milestone in London

Published November 18, 2019 | 2 min watch

On Saturday, 12 October over 10,000 runners, walkers, joggers and scooters joined the tenth annual RBC Race for the Kids in London, making this the largest RBC Race for the Kids event in the world. More than 2,300 Team RBC’ers also took part with their family and friends to celebrate the decade long partnership between RBC and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the 2019 Race raised over £1,000,000 for the hospital.

In 2010, RBC first partnered with GOSH to stage a 5km fun run to raise much-needed funds for the hospital’s neurosciences department. That first event saw 1,500 runners raise £315,000. Fast forward ten years and RBC Race for the Kids has raised more than £5,000,000 for GOSH’s young patients and their families. The team at the RBC Neurosciences Unit, which officially opened in January 2018, now treats some of the most serious medical conditions in the country.

The funds raised from this year’s Race will go towards Royal Bank of Canada House, an accommodation block located right next to the hospital’s main entrance that will be extensively renovated over the coming year. This much needed accommodation will provide families with a home away from home while their children are being treated at the hospital.

"Each time I visit GOSH, I never fail to be inspired, not just by the patients who are facing such huge challenges, but by the people who work there."

Dave Thomas, CEO, RBC Europe said: 'At RBC, we recognise that it’s not only the children at GOSH that face challenges and hardships, but families are also exposed to a huge amount of trauma. That’s why projects with families in mind, such as Royal Bank of Canada House, are incredibly important to us.'

RBC is committed to supporting youth and communities and over the last ten years RBC and its employees have formed a special connection with GOSH. The London event is one of 17 RBC Race for the Kids fun runs globally, with over 210,000 participants taking part with the Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong Races up next.

Thank you to all of our employees, clients, suppliers and members of the community for their continued support.

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