MEDIA ADVISORY: Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay 24-Hour Relay at GE
Plaza, Robson Square, Downtown Vancouver

*Note to media: please make announcements through your programming to invite the public to these history-making events.

VANCOUVER, March 10 /CNW/ - The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay is filled with stories of individuals who overcome the obstacles and demonstrate the fire within us all to turn a spark into a flame. As Canada's first Paralympic Torch Relay, the relay celebrations prelude the start of the first-ever Paralympic Winter Games held in Canada.

In the final hours before the Paralympic Cauldron is lit at the Opening Ceremonies, a flame will light up the heart of Vancouver's downtown as it is carried by nearly 300 torchbearers who will share the message of strength, determination and the power of positivity.

Torchbearers will carry the Paralympic Flame in a circular relay through downtown Vancouver Streets for 24 hours continuously before the start of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Interactive exhibits and free, family entertainment including bands, sport demonstrations, public skating, djs and dance acts will be featured throughout the 24-hour celebration.

Media and members of the public are invited to come down, cheer and participate in an energetic and meaningful display of strength, determination and Canadian pride.

VANCOUVER 2010 PARALYMPIC TORCH RELAY: 24-HOUR RELAY

    
    Downtown Vancouver, GE Plaza at Robson Square

    Celebration begins on Thursday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m.
    Celebration concludes on Friday, March 12 at 12:00 p.m.
    Paralympic Torch Relay concludes on Friday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m.

    Entertainment is planned throughout the 24-hour period with planned stage
    celebrations taking place:

        -  Thursday, March 11

              -  1:45 p.m.

              -  5:45 p.m.

              -  9:45 p.m.

        -  Friday, March 12

              -  10:15 a.m.
    

Those coming down to the celebration are encouraged to take public transportation as there is limited parking in the surrounding area.

SOURCE VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2010 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

For further information: For further information: To arrange interviews or for further information: Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Media Relations, Tel: (604) 404-0662, E-mail: media@torchrelay.vancouver2010.com

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