The HSBC Group Donates $200,000 To Clean Air Champions

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Clean Air Champions (CAC) is proud to announce that it has received a $200,000 donation from the HSBC Group in the U.K. to provide additional support to its unique programming.

To mark the donation, CAC and HSBC Bank Canada held a friendly street hockey tournament at St Monica Catholic School in Toronto, on September 30, 2011. Clean Air Champion and three-time Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser played alongside Grade 8 students from St Monica School, and other CAC athletes. Eric Brock, Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank Canada, served as guest referee.

"HSBC has a long-standing commitment to the environment and education, so we are delighted to support an organization like Clean Air Champions that brings these two values together," said Eric Brock. "We are proud that our $200,000 donation will allow students across Canada to learn from top athletes about the positive impact their personal transportation choices can make on their health and the environment."

According to CAC Executive Director Deirdre Laframboise: "Clean Air Champions succeeds because of partners like the HSBC Group. HSBC's continued support for the Clean Air Champions has allowed us to expand our programming and reach thousands of youth from coast to coast. Through CAC's program, young people are able to be more physically active while learning about sustainable modes of transportation. We are very grateful to the HSBC Group for recognizing CAC's value to Canadians and for their continued support for our school program."

The HSBC Group's donation of $200,000 is in addition to the $200,000 provided by HSBC Bank Canada to support the HSBC Clean Air Achievers program, a curriculum linked, bilingual program of CAC for Grades 6 to 9 providing education around the interconnections between air quality, climate change and health. The program's two main goals are to encourage young people 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.

About HSBC Bank Canada
HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 260 offices, including over 140 bank branches, and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 7,500 offices in over 80 countries and territories and assets of US$2,691 billion at 30 June 2011, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations.

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 180 national team, Olympic and Paralympic athletes, each passionate about our environment and the health of Canadians.

Image with caption: "(L-R): Eric Brock (Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank Canada), and Clean Air Champions Kelly McCaig (Sailing), Hayley Wickenheiser (Olympic Gold Medalist 2010, Women's Ice Hockey), Deirdre Laframboise (Executive Director, Clean Air Champions), Brian Stemmle (Alpine Skiing), Kara Zakrzewski (Beach Volleyball) and Bill Trayling (Kayak) celebrate the HSBC Group's $200,000 donation to Clean Air Champions. (CNW Group/Clean Air Champions)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110930_C8359_PHOTO_EN_4067.jpg

SOURCE Clean Air Champions

For further information:

Clean Air Champions     HSBC Bank Canada
Deirdre Laframboise       Fabrice de Dongo
Executive Director, Clean Air Champions   Senior Manager, Public Affairs
613-730-7353       416-868-8282
deirdre@cleanairchampions.ca    fabrice_dedongo@hsbc.ca
www.cleanairchampions.ca      www.hsbc.ca

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