Jersey primary school children are being asked to make their own mark on the 40th Lions Club Swimarathon by entering a special art competition.

The organisers are inviting school children to design the cover of each of the daily Swimarathon bulletins – called ‘Today at the Swimarathon’ – that will be issued over the five days of the event.

Lion Peter Tabb said that they wanted to involve as many people as possible. ‘Many of the Island’s schools are entering teams in the Swimarathon but we thought that this year we would give youngsters an extra chance to add colour to the event. The chosen designs will be seen by all the spectators and swimmers,’ he said.

Mr Tabb said that the five winning designs would be chosen by the Lions Club and Swimarathon sponsors RBC Wealth Management. ‘The schools submitting the designs will be awarded a donation from the Lions Club which can either be used by the school or a charity of their choice,’ he said.

Paul Patterson, Global Head of Trust at RBC Wealth Management, said: ‘There are plenty of Swimarathon details to fire the imagination and we are looking forward to seeing what the Island’s young artists produce. The designs will be a fantastic addition to the bulletins and will help to make this a special Swimarathon year.'

The designs submitted must be in colour and fit on an A4 page with room left for the Swimarathon logo and the date of the bulletin. The closing date for all entries is Wednesday 2nd March.

The Swimarathon takes place at Les Quennevais Sports Centre from 9th to 13th March. Thousands of Islanders will take the plunge and over 450 teams have already confirmed that they are taking part. This year, to celebrate the 40th event, 40 charities will be chosen to benefit from the funds raised by the teams taking part. 2011 will also be the last time that the current Lieutenant-Governor and staunch Swimarathon supporter, Lieutenant General Andrew Ridgway, will take part with his team, The Royal Seals.

Further details about the competition are available from Mr Tabb on 726704 or 07797 721275. To enter a team in the Swimarathon or to apply to become a beneficiary charity e-mail swimarathon@jerseymail.co.uk

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Issued by Anna Plunkett-Cole, Image PR, 01534 734444

Notes to Editors

About the Lions Club of Jersey
The Lions Club of Jersey was founded in November 1963 at the instigation of the Lions Clubs of Southampton and St Malo, and its charter president was the late Jim Scriven who was, at the time, news editor of the Jersey Evening Post.

About the Lions Club of Jersey Swimarathon
The Swimarathon was conceived in 1972 by the fund-raising committee of the Lions Club of Jersey under the chairmanship of Lion John Abraham as an alternative and successor to the very successful World Aid Walks. The Jersey Swimarathon is the Island’s longest running charity event.

About RBC Wealth Management
RBC Wealth Management, a segment of RBC, directly serves affluent and high net worth clients in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia with a full suite of investment, trust and other wealth management solutions. The business also provides asset management products and services directly, through its RBC Global Asset Management division, and through RBC and third-party distributors to institutional and individual clients. RBC Wealth Management has more than C$500 billion of assets under administration, nearly C$250 billion of assets under management and more than 4,500 financial consultants, advisors, private bankers and trust officers. RBC Wealth Management was recognized as the Best North American based Wealth Manager by Private Banker International in October 2009.

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada’s largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and transaction processing services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve close to 18 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 51 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.