Fraser River Discovery Centre Receives $30,000 from RBC Blue Water Project

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) is the recipient of a $30,000 donation from the RBC Blue Water Project. FRDC received the award as the featured charity at this past weekend's RBC GranFondo Whistler, in which thousands of cyclists took part in a 122 km journey from Vancouver to Whistler.    

”We are very grateful for the donation and even more honoured to receive it as part of this year’s RBC GranFondo Whistler,” said FRDC Executive Director Catherine Ouellet-Martin. ”The Discovery Centre’s work in bringing awareness to issues related to the Fraser River watershed is perfectly aligned with the RBC Blue Water Project.  In addition, all our programs can be combined with a Bike Tour through Fraser River Bike Tours and Rentals at the River Market. Truly, this was a perfect fit!”

The RBC Blue Water Project is an innovative, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water. It includes a $50 million philanthropic commitment to organizations that protect watersheds and ensure access to clean drinking water. The RBC Blue Water Project also promotes responsible water use through awareness programs and supports programs that encourage businesses to develop and commercialize innovative solutions to the water issues facing the world.  Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $42 million to more than 500 not-for-profit organizations worldwide that protect watersheds or ensure access to clean drinking water. 

“The Discovery Centre is bringing awareness to the Fraser River in fun and innovative ways,” said Susan Roh, Manager at the Plaza 88 RBC Branch in New Westminster. “RBC is committed to making a lasting social impact that strengthens health and well-being of communities. It’s wonderful that RBC can support a charity from our community that has such a positive impact.”

Gran fondos are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are gaining momentum in North America. Loosely translated from Italian, gran fondo means "big ride". The inaugural 2010 RBC GranFondo Whistler was the first world-class gran fondo in Canada.

“We are delighted to be able to shine the spotlight on the importance of our watersheds,” said event organizer, Kevin Thomson. And the Fraser Basin is essential to the lives of millions.  

FRDC will use the donation from RBC to help provide interactive educational experiences that increase appreciation and understanding of the Fraser River environment, including the River’s social and economic importance and to help ensure its sustainability for future generations. Through its education programs, the Centre fosters a stronger understanding, ownership and desire to act positively to affect the health of the Fraser River.  

Media Contact:

Cindy Sale, Communication & Events Coordinator

Fraser River Discovery Centre

604-521-8401 x 103