RBC Olympians Clara Hughes, Perdita Felicien and Caroline Ouellette donate
$15,000 to Right To Play
Canadian athletes pay it forward through the RBC Olympians Grant Program
TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - RBC Olympians Clara Hughes, Perdita Felicien
and Caroline Ouellette have each donated a $5,000 RBC Olympian grant to Right
To Play, a global organization that uses sport to empower children. The
donations were made last night at a fundraising dinner held at grano
restaurant in Toronto.
This year, RBC offered its 37 Olympic and Paralympic athletes the opportunity
to recognize the organizations and people who have impacted their lives. The
RBC Olympians Grant Program provides athletes with a $5,000 grant to donate to
an athletic association, community group or charity that has fostered their
love of sport or touched their lives.
"Sport has taught me many things and one of the most important is the idea of
giving back, whether it's time, money or simply caring," said six-time Olympic
medalist Clara Hughes. "The power of sport and play is something that
transformed me as a young person and it is why I'm donating my grant to the
PLAY programs in Ontario to help foster leadership in Aboriginal youth within
First Nation communities."
Right To Play is an organization focused on using sport and play to educate
and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict,
and disease in disadvantaged countries. Founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a
four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur, Right To Play helps
children build essential life skills and better futures.To learn more visit
"Right To Play was the clear choice for me when it was time to pick my RBC
grant recipient," said Perdita Felicien, a two-time world champion. "Sport has
changed my life for the better and I've seen first hand how Right To Play
programs have positively impacted the lives of children around the world."
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Caroline Ouellette agreed, "I'm very excited
for this opportunity to give back. I was able to witness first hand in Benin,
Africa, the benefits of Right To Play in the lives of children in
disadvantaged communities and I'm very proud to be a part of the RBC program
and to give back to Right To Play."
As Canada's longest standing corporate supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team,
RBC has been helping amateur athletes since 1947. Through the RBC Olympians
Program, athletes act as community ambassadors across the country by sharing
their Olympic and Paralympic Games experiences and future aspirations with
schools, community groups, RBC clients and employees. More information on the
RBC Olympians can be found at
Jackie Braden, Director, Brand Communications, 416 974-1724
Image with caption: "RBC Olympians Caroline Ouellette, Perdita Felicien and
Clara Hughes present Right To Play National Director Robert Witchel with a
$15,000 donation as part of the RBC Olympian Grant Program. (CNW Group/RBC)".
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