Six Day Bike Marathon from Toronto to Ottawa to Raise Money for Families of Fallen Soldiers

North American Moving Services & Canada Company joining forces for bike marathon

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada Company, a charitable business group, kicked off a unique six day bike marathon challenge tagged '3rd Annual North American Moving Services Tour de Force' to raise money to fund post secondary scholarships for children of fallen Canadian Forces personnel. North American Moving Services Canada is a major participant and the driving force behind this unique journey which began at the Air Canada Centre this morning for 41 riders and will culminate on September 22 in Ottawa, Ontario.

"We are honoured to partner with Canada Company in the third annual Tour de Force in support of the families and children of our Canadian military," said North American Moving Services' Vice-President, Kevin Devereux. "This opportunity allows us and all the riders and sponsors who make this possible to demonstrate our gratitude for the service of our Canadian Forces members," he added.

The group of 41 riders are travelling through locations in Ontario including Toronto, Oshawa, Newcastle, Trenton, Kingston, Brockville, Perth and Ottawa.

The Tour de Force will be divided into six 70 to 127 km stages, concluding every day with community celebrations and some special activities planned by Canadian Forces such as Tank and Armoured Personnel Carrier tours, Aircraft Displays/Flight Simulators, and search and rescue exercises with the Royal Canadian Navy. Money raised will support the children of military families by providing funding for programs such as Camps for Kids of Deployed Soldiers and the Canada Company Scholarship Fund.

"I applaud the numerous supporters and participants who are donating their time and energy to such a worthy cause," said Peter Hart, Managing Director of Canada Company. "It is an honour for me to take part in this bike marathon and to see the support given by all the local communities to the families of those who serve," he added.

For more information email info@canadacomapany.ca or visit www.canadacompany.ca/Tour de Force.

About Canada Company

Canada Company, created in 2006, brings community and business leaders from across Canada together to support Canadian soldiers and their families. The Canada Company Scholarship Fund was created in 2008 to supplement benefits available to the children who have had a parent perish while on duty. Awarded annually, the scholarships provide $4,000 per year for up to four years for children who qualify. These scholarships help to offset tuition fees and other living expenses required to complete a post-secondary education.  Since 2008, Canada Company has awarded 43 individual scholarships to 17 young people.

About North American Moving Services Canada

Established in 1952 in Canada, North American Moving Services is a full service moving and storage company with agents throughout Canada and the United States with strong ties to the International Market throughout the world. A van line that supports The Children's Wish Foundation, The Children's Miracle Network and other charitable causes, North American along with their agents are also the official Movers of the Toronto FC Football Club, Hamilton Bulldogs, Kitchener Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Alouettes and the Montreal Impact.

SOURCE: Canada Company

For further information:

or to arrange interviews with Canada Company spokespersons please contact: 

Peter Hart
Managing Director
3rd Annual North American Moving Services Tour de Force
Canada Company
Tel: 647-224-0634
Email: Peter.Hart@canadacompany.ca


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