- More than a dozen Canadian Olympians, National Team athletes and
Vancouver media personalities put their pedals-to-the-pavement as part
of the Clean Air Champions Celebrity Tandem Bike Race in Vancouver -
VANCOUVER, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - To celebrate a new $200,000 donation
from HSBC Bank Canada, Clean Air Champions (CAC) hosted a celebrity
tandem bike race in front of HSBC's newest office building in Vancouver
this past Sunday, September 9.
The donation will be made over two years, and will support the HSBC Clean Air Achievers program - a free, bilingual, national school program aimed at educating
youth about environmentally-friendly transportation options that can
also improve their fitness.
The tandem bicycle race paired Clean Air Champion athletes (Olympians
and National Team members) with some of Vancouver's most recognized
media personalities, including CTV's Coleen Christie, City TV's Dawn
Chubai and Riaz Meghji, Global TV's Elaine Yong and Aaron McArthur, and
CBC TV's Duncan McCue.
"This year's CAC celebrity tandem bike race in support of the HSBC Clean Air Achievers program was both friendly and fierce - but that's to be expected when
you pair top Olympians and National Team athletes with some of
Vancouver's finest media talent!" said Deirdre Laframboise, Executive
Director, CAC. "It's a great example of our mission in action, which is
to reduce air pollution and climate change by working with high
performance athletes to educate and inspire Canadians to adopt more
sustainable, healthier lifestyles. We are very grateful to HSBC Bank
Canada for their continued support."
The racers rode neck-and-neck with CTV's Coleen Christie and Adam Kreek,
Olympic Gold Medalist, Men's Rowing, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics
finishing first and taking the Gold Medal. They were followed closely
by City TV's Dawn Chubai and Kevin Light, Olympic Gold Medalist, Men's
Rowing, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and by Global TV's Elaine Yong
and Jake Wetzel, Olympic Gold Medalist, Men's Rowing, 2008 Beijing
Summer Olympics taking Silver and Bronze, respectively.
"Coleen and Adam may have won the celebrity tandem bike race, however
the real winners are the thousands of youth across the country who will
take part in the HSBC Clean Air Achievers program this year," said Lindsay Gordon, President and Chief Executive
Officer, HSBC Bank Canada. "HSBC has a longstanding commitment to the environment and education,
and we're delighted to continue to support Clean Air Champions and
HSBC Clean Air Achievers teaches youth in Grades 5-9 about transportation and how it impacts the
air, climate and health. The program's two main goals are to encourage
youth to choose less polluting forms of travel and to increase their
level of physical fitness by choosing active modes of travel (walking,
rolling or cycling) to their destinations. Best of all, Olympic and
Paralympic and National Team athletes deliver inspirational
presentations to each class.
HSBC has donated $775,000 to Clean Air Champions since 2006.
About Clean Air Champions:
CAC is a national charity that works with respected athletes to educate
and inspire Canadians to adopt practices and lifestyles that enhance
personal and environmental health. The Champions are made up of over
200 Olympic, Paralympic and National Team athletes, each passionate
about our environment and the health of Canadians.
About HSBC Bank Canada:
HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the leading
international bank in Canada. With around 6,900 offices in over 80
countries and territories and assets of US$2,652 billion at 30 June
2012, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and
financial services organizations.
Image with caption: "Clean Air Champions Celebrity Tandem Bike Race participants - including local Vancouver media celebrities, Olympians and National Team athletes - gather to celebrate a $200,000 donation from HSBC Bank Canada in support of the HSBC Clean Air Achievers program. (CNW Group/Clean Air Champions)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120910_C5389_PHOTO_EN_17641.jpg
Image with caption: "Lauren Wilkinson, Olympic Silver Medalist, Women's Rowing, 2012 London Summer Olympics and City TV's Riaz Meghji put the pedal-to-the-pavement as part of the Clean Air Champions Celebrity Tandem Bike Race in Vancouver. (CNW Group/Clean Air Champions)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120910_C5389_PHOTO_EN_17642.jpg
Image with caption: "Clean Air Champions Celebrity Tandem Bike Race 2012 "Gold Medalists" Coleen Christie, CTV and Adam Kreek Olympic Gold Medalist, Men's Rowing, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic take a victory lap outside the HSBC office building in Vancouver. (CNW Group/Clean Air Champions)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120910_C5389_PHOTO_EN_17643.jpg
SOURCE: Clean Air Champions
For further information:
Clean Air Champions
HSBC Bank Canada