Leadership in many companies believe investing in Cayman also means they have a moral obligation to invest in the community. When RBC Wealth Management established an office in the Cayman Islands in 1972, the staff members made such a commitment, and over the past 40 years they have been as good as their word. In just the last year they have donated to and participated in many charity events, raising thousands of dollars for worthy causes.
Off the Beaten Track
A team of RBC runners led by captain Johan Heath participated in this not-for-the-faint-of-heart 50k marathon that included a route through dirt roads, beach, bush and across the water via kayak. Their team consisted of six people who each had to run six miles for a total of 36 miles. They ended up winning the award for best corporate relay team, and contributed to the $25,000 raised for a number of charities, including Cayman’s Acts of Random Kindness.
Acts of Random Kindness fundraising programme
ARK does amazing work in the local community, assisting those in need until they can get back on their feet. The organisation is always appealing to the public for the donation of materials or food, particularly around the holiday season. RBC Wealth Management staff and their families came together to support ARK’s “Giving is receiving” project at the end of 2011 by filling grocery bags with goods for this annual food drive. They contributed enough food, supplies and gifts to fill a large truck and these were delivered to the grateful volunteers at ARK.
Sheena Thompson, regional head of operational risk was very proud of the effort made by all to produce such a successful result.
“Being involved in projects such as ARK is an extremely rewarding experience. Giving back to the local community is very important to us at RBC Wealth Management and I would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff for their continued support, compassion and generosity.”
Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium
This consortium is a local nonprofit, non-government organisation geared towards promoting positive development of youth. RBC Wealth Management’s staff members held a dress-down fundraiser in the first quarter of 2012 to raise money for the cause, donating time and funds as their contribution. The director of the consortium, Sylvia Wilks commented “We are delighted that RBC has become an asset patron of CIYDC. Their generous contribution has helped us to accomplish our goals and we are extremely grateful for their support and that they have acknowledged the importance of our cause. The support of local businesses like RBC Wealth Management is key for the continued development and success of our organisation. On behalf of CIYDC I would like to extend a huge thank you to RBC Wealth Management for recognising the importance of our youth.”
Feed Our Future
Malnutrition has become an increasing issue within the Cayman Islands and Feed Our Future works to identify those children who are in need. Through their programmes they aim to provide an immediate and direct way to reduce child hunger and improve health and educational development by funding school meals. The RBC Wealth Management office held another dress-down day to contribute funds to this incredibly important foundation, which was gratefully recognised by founder and chairwoman, Stacey VanDevelde.
“We greatly appreciate the participation of the RBC Wealth Management staff in the Child Month Island-wide Dress Down Day in support of our work for a hunger-free Cayman Islands. The funds pledged will allow Feed Our Future to ensure that schoolchildren in need will receive the food they require for healthy mental and physical development.”
Earth Day Roadside Clean Up
On Saturday, 14 April, 28 of the Wealth Management staff along with their children and friends participated in the annual cleanup organised by the Chamber of Commerce. For three hours they took to the beaches and roadsides in an effort to clear them of garbage and debris. Over 1,500 people in total signed up for the effort, which resulted in thousands of bags of rubbish being removed from the environment. Sheena Thompson from RBC commented “I would like to thank the staff who came out so early on a Saturday morning to help clean up Cayman. As residents of the Cayman Islands it is vital that we play an active role in protecting our environment and at RBC Wealth Management we fully support initiatives like the Chamber of Commerce Earth Day Clean Up that promote this.”