RBC Rewards launches sweepstakes for the David Foster Foundation’s 30th anniversary gala

June 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – By donating RBC Rewards points to the David Foster Foundation, Canadians will help to play a part in keeping families together during one of the most difficult times in their lives – when they find out their child needs a life-saving organ transplant.

Until Sept. 1, 2017, cardholders who donate RBC Rewards points will be entered to win a trip for two to the David Foster Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert on Oct. 21, 2017 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. Cardholders who donate a minimum of 2,500 points will receive the chance to win a weekend getaway. With every 2,500-point increment, an additional ballot will be entered in to the sweepstakes. To learn more about how you can donate your points to win, visit http://bit.ly/2017Sweepstakes.

“We’re incredibly honoured to work with RBC Rewards and RBC Royal Bank to add a new avenue for people to help support Canadian families,” says Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation. “Without financial support, more than 80 per cent of families end up in bankruptcy or divorce. Our mission is to keep families together by keeping their financial worries at bay.”

Since its inception, the David Foster Foundation has worked with more than 1,000 families across Canada, helping to support their non-medical expenses. The financial commitment to families averages to $10,000 throughout their transplant journey, which includes pre and post-transplant hospital visits and tests. Financial support of non-medical expenses ranges from mortgage, rent, and car payments to airline tickets, groceries, parking, and gas. Often, families have to travel away from home and set up temporary housing close to one of the pediatric transplant hospitals across Canada. 

To donate, RBC Rewards members simply log on to https://www.rbcrewards.com/ and navigate to the “charity” page (https://points.rbcrewards.com/Catalogue/CharityCategory/601). Donations may be made in any value, starting at 2,500 points – an equivalent donation of $25 to the David Foster Foundation. 

The David Foster Foundation is the fourth charitable partner to be added to the RBC Rewards program, joining Hope Air, Own the Podium, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.

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About the David Foster Foundation

David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, AMJ Campbell, Aird & Berlis LLP, and Schnitzer, families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant. In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined TELUS as the Foundation’s $1 million Life Legacy members.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.