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Boys and Girls Clubs receive major boost

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Michelle Schmidt, director of programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, is encouraged by corporate donations to the clubs. The Royal Bank of Canada recently donated $71,600 in funding to three clubs across the city.

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Michelle Schmidt, director of programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, is encouraged by corporate donations to the clubs. The Royal Bank of Canada recently donated $71,600 in funding to three clubs across the city. Photo Store

Three Boys and Girls Clubs in Winnipeg are about to benefit from a sizeable donation.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg will receive $71,600 from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), to go toward three clubs in the city as part of the bank’s After School Grants Project. The funding was announced Aug. 26.

The project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based organizations that provide programs for children and youth aged six to 17 with structured, supervised activities which enhance safety, social skills and self-esteem.  

The Norquay Club in North Point Douglas, the Aberdeen Club in the North End and the Carpathia Club in Tuxedo are the clubs benefitting this year. The Norquay Club received $16,000 and the Aberdeen Club received $25,600 in funding from the After School Grants Project.

Michelle Schmidt, director of programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, said RBC’s donation shows that people and corporations realize by giving back, they are making their communities better places.

RBC also encouraged its individual branches to get involved in the community with special projects and volunteering, said Schmidt.

"The people that work in the corporations live in these communities," said Schmidt. "If they help their community they make their communities better places to live. It’s good that corporations realize that they can make a difference."

Since 1999, RBC has provided more than $27 million in grants to 248 community-based, after-school programs in Canada, helping almost 29,000 children. 

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