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RBC Race for the Kids hoping to raise $100 000 in scholarships for Cave Hill Campus students

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

RBC and The UWI race towards goal of raising funds for youth education

Bridgetown, Barbados – Tuesday, 30 January 2018: Today,RBC Royal Bank (Barbados) Limited together with The University of West Indies (The UWI) announced the launch of the 2018 RBC Race for the Kids in Barbados at a press conference. The UWI and RBC teamed up as of last year to co-host this charitable run in support of youth education. Both parties are determined to surpass last year's success on Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2018.

2018 is the second year RBC Race for the Kids will be organized in Barbados. The organizers aim to double the amount of participants and funds raised this year. All proceeds will go towards students that can no longer finance their studies, and to support new students as they start their first year at campus.

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Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI, Professor Eudine Barriteau commented: “Again, the 2018 race is dedicated to the UWI Cave Hill Campus Student Scholarship Fund and the First Year Experience Programme. Scholarships will be made available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. In addition, this year being the 70th Anniversary celebrations of The UWI, Cave Hill hopes to offer a 70th Anniversary Scholarship to its student body. We are aiming to raise in excess of BBD$100,000 this year.”

“RBC Race for the Kids in Barbados is just one example of how we bring to life our purpose of helping our clients thrive and communities prosper. One of the most important things we can do as business leaders and management teams is to make sure that we help create opportunities for our youth,” said Robert de Silva, Managing Director of RBC. He continued: “At RBC, we believe that education is a fundamental human right and plays a critical role in our social and economic development. The youth of today will be our leaders and teachers of tomorrow, and they will help shape our communities and our society. That is why we think our partnership with The UWI is so important.”

The Race is part of a global series of charitable runs supporting children’s and youth causes around the world and is increasing in popularity every year. Starting in 2008, RBC Race for the Kids has supported children’s and youth causes in cities like New York, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Trinidad & Tobago and Sydney, with Barbados added to the global series of races in 2017.

At the Barbados inaugural RBC Race for the Kids last year, around 1,300 participants came together to raise BBD $63,000.

This family friendly event is open to all ages and has two separate race components, a 5K run/walk and a 5K Timed Runners Race that starts and finishes at The UWI Cave Hill Campus.

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To register or to find out more visit

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About RBC Race for the Kids

RBC Race for the Kids is an exciting series 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 161,000* participants to date, and raised over $CAD 38 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:

* Information will be updated by Brand and Corporate Citizenship Communications following each race

About RBC in the Caribbean

With more than 100 years of dedicated service to the region, RBC has a presence in 17 countries, serving clients through a wide range of channels including branch, ATMs, digital banking solutions, mobile sales teams and a Client Contact Centre. As one of the Caribbean’s leading diversified financial services companies, RBC provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, corporate and investment banking, insurance and trust and asset management services to a wide range of clients, including individuals, small businesses, general commercial entities, regional and multi-national corporations and governments. For more information, please visit

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses inBarbados,Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago, and theOpen Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit

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Assistant Manager – Marketing, Barbados & Eastern Caribbean

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Chelston Lovell

Office of Public Information

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