Canadian forces to carry the Olympic Flame



    OTTAWA, June 4 /CNW/ - To honour the men and women who serve in the
Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence, RBC today announced
that it has allocated 200 torchbearer spots in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Torch Relay for members and their families. RBC is proud to partner with
Canada's Defence Team, so that they may experience this once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity and carry the Olympic Flame on its journey to the 2010 Vancouver
Olympic Winter Games.
    "There are few Canadians who are more deserving to carry the Olympic
Flame than members of the Canadian Forces and Department of National Defence,
who demonstrate each day their commitment to Canada," said Jim Little, Chief
Brand and Communications Officer, RBC. "Their sacrifice and passion for our
country are unparalleled, and watching them participate will inspire
patriotism and pride among all Canadians."
    Members of the Defence Team exemplify the spirit of RBC's Carry the Torch
contest to create a better Canada, by pledging to do something big or small in
their daily lives to make Canada a better place to live. From Comox, British
Columbia to Alert, Nunavut to Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, the 2010
Olympic Torch Relay will run through 14 military bases on its route to
Vancouver, British Columbia. On 10 of these bases, a team of 20 torchbearers
will run collectively for over a kilometre during the 2010 Olympic Torch
Relay. Each team member will have the opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame
and share in this thrill of a lifetime.
    "The members of our Defence Team are honoured to partner with RBC to be a
part of this historic relay," said General Walter Natynczyk, Chief of the
Defence Staff. "We are very excited that this unique event gives us the chance
to celebrate the coming of the Olympic Games in our military communities
across Canada alongside other Canadians."
    Below is a listing of dates and locations where Canadian Forces team
torchbearers will participate in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay:

    
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         Date                    Community                          Province
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    November 2, 2009             CFB Comox                             BC
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    November 6, 2009           CFB Cold Lake                           AB
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    November 8 2009              CFB Alert                             NU
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    November 11, 2009          CFB Goose Bay                           NL
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    November 20, 2009          CFB Greenwood                           NS
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    November 25, 2009           CFB Gagetown                           NB
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    December 3, 2009           CFB Valcartier                          QC
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    December 13, 2009           CFB Petawawa                           ON
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    January 8, 2010               CFB Shilo                            MB
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    January 10, 2010            CFB Moose Jaw                          SK
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    The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its journey to Vancouver on
October 30, 2009, when the flame arrives in Victoria, B.C. following the
traditional lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece. The Olympic Flame will then
travel from coast to coast to coast through every province and territory in
Canada - spanning 45,000 kilometres, over 1,000 communities, over 106 days. It
will end at B.C. Place on February 12, 2010, with the lighting of the Olympic
Cauldron, signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
    Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the flame across the country at
their own pace with millions more cheering and supporting them. RBC will award
over 2,300 Olympic Torchbearer spots through its contest which closes July 15,
2009. To enter, pledge to create a better Canada at rbc.com/carrythetorch.

    
    Note to Editors/Photo Editors: The Olympic Torch will be on hand at the
    Canadian Forces Day Red Walk/Run which takes place on Friday June 5, 2009
    at 1:30 p.m. at Confederation Park. With up to 5,000 military and
    civilian staff participating in the run, General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of
    the Defence Staff will be presented with the Olympic Torch by RBC to
    celebrate the Canadian Forces participation in the Olympic Torch Relay.
    





For further information:

For further information: Jackie Braden, RBC Media Relations, (416)
974-2124


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