Citi supports learning

February 14, 2017
Citi Canada raises funds for RMHC Toronto at its annual golf tournament
Charlotte Reinhart doing schoolwork

Every September, Citi Canada employees and their networks tee off at the Citi Canada Charity Golf Tournament. Since 2015, the event has raised nearly $65,000 for families with seriously ill children staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto.

“Citi Canada works to enable growth and progress in the communities we serve,” says Jeanette Emery, Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs. “RMHC Toronto works to support this goal by allowing families to continue to move forward despite the challenges they face when their children are seriously ill.”

Funds from the golf tournament have directly supported the RMHC Toronto School, a recognized private school within the walls of the 81-family House in downtown Toronto. The only school of its kind in North America, RMHC Toronto School is staffed by three full-time teachers, follows the Ontario Curriculum and enrolls both patients and their siblings. Last year it served 67 students during their stay at the House.

“Citi’s Pathways to Progress initiative aims to provide youth with opportunities to improve their economic outlook through education and skills training,” says Jeanette. “This is a great fit with our support of RMHC Toronto School, that ensures sick children and their siblings from Kindergarten to Grade 12 stay up to date in their education.”

Jeanette and her Citi colleagues have volunteered at the House on a number of occasions, cooking and serving dinner for families through the Home for Dinner program. They have found the experience very rewarding, allowing them to get up close and personal with the families they’re helping support.

Citi employees in the kitchen at Ronald McDonald House

“We love volunteering at the House!” Jeanette says. One particular interaction sticks out for her.

“I was able to meet a mother with a seven-day-old boy. As he slept happily in her arms, she told me he was a fighter and had undergone open heart surgery just days ago. I was in awe of them both. It’s very easy to see the impact of our support in cases such as these.”

Jeanette hopes the golfers who participate in Citi Canada’s tournament understand the impact she has witnessed firsthand.

“RMHC Toronto provides families with hope, safety and comfort in a stress-free and normal home environment. The support they receive from our golf tournament allows them to continue their exceptional work with hundreds of families and children, and I am grateful for the chance to be a part it.”

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