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Ronald McDonald House Charities

RBC and Golf Canada have announced that Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada has been selected as the charity partner for this year's RBC Canadian Open.

RMHC Canada staff and volunteers provide more than 10,000 families of seriously ill or injured children each year with the essentials of running a home - everything from education to home-cooked meals - while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital.

"Together with Golf Canada, we are very proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada to make a difference in the lives of children," said Dave McKay, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC. "RBC and Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada have a longstanding relationship and we will continue to work together to support the mental health and well-being of seriously ill children and their families. Children's mental health is a cause close to our hearts and we're excited about this national partnership."

Since coming on board as title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open in 2008, RBC along with Golf Canada have raised more than $5 million for charitable organizations across Canada that support children's wellness initiatives. Throughout its history, Canada's National Open Championship has generated more than $45 million in charitable proceeds for important causes.

"Golf has a legacy of supporting Ronald McDonald Houses and families across Canada, and today's announcement takes that commitment of support to a whole new level," said Cathy Loblaw, President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada. "This wonderful partnership will help us to meet the growing demand we are facing, as we more than double the number of families of sick children we are serving - from 10,000 to 20,000 families a year.  We are truly thankful to be the recipients of the RBC Canadian Open's spirit of giving which will enable us to help more families of sick children have a home away from home during their most difficult times."

The 2013 RBC Canadian Open is set for July 22-28 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. marking the 26th time the Jack Nicklaus designed course will host Canada's National Open Golf Championship. Established in 1904, Canada's national open golf championship is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open.

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