2016 RBC Challenge

The athletes who participated in the RBC Challenge for Centraide, with (from left to right) Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board, Transcontinental Inc., Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank, and Lili-Anna Pereša, President and Executive Director, Centraide of Greater Montreal.

Athletes and employees set a new record of generosity

The 19th annual RBC Challenge for Centraide, a relay race up the stairs to the top of Place Ville Marie, raised a record $250,000 for Centraide of Greater Montreal’s 2016 campaign. That’s $40,000 more than last year.

Some 50 relay teams of athletes and corporate employees raced up the 1,000 steps of the tower’s 41 flights with the aim of beating the standing record of 2 minutes 38 seconds, while raising funds for Centraide through sponsorships and donations.

Athletes Lex Albrecht (cycling), Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (canoeing-kayaking), Caroline Calvé (snow surfing), Marc-Antoine Gagnon (acrobatic skiing), Mikaël Kingsbury (acrobatic skiing), Caroline Ouellette (ice hockey), Marie-Philip Poulin (ice hockey), Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau (acrobatic skiing) and Karine Thomas (synchronized swimming) competed against 500 corporate employees.

Some business leaders took up the challenge as well by forming teams, notably Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank, and Centraide campaign co-chair Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc.

The RBC Challenge is organized in collaboration with Place Ville Marie. All the proceeds will be donated to Centraide Campaign 2016, which runs until the end of December.