Seven Day Bike Marathon from Toronto to Montréal to Raise Money for Families of Fallen Soldiers

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

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada Company, a charitable business group, kicked off a unique seven day bike marathon challenge tagged '2nd Annual North American Moving Services Tour de Force' to raise money 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 44 riders and will culminate on September 18 in Montréal, Quebec.

"We are honoured to partner with Canada Company in the second annual Tour de Force in support of the families and children of our Canadian military," said North American Moving Services' President, Rob Grohn. "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 44 riders are travelling through locations in Ontario (Toronto, Newcastle, Oshawa, Trenton, Kingston, Brockville and Cornwall) and Quebec (Pointe Claire and Montréal).

The Tour de Force will be divided into seven 65 to 127 km stages, concluding every day with community celebrations and some special activities planned by Canadian Forces such as tandem parachute jumps with the Canadian Forces SkyHawks, search and rescue exercises with the Royal Canadian Navy, and a tour of Montreal Garrison / 202 Workshop Depot. 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 Blake Goldring, Founder and Chairman of Canada Company and Chairman and CEO, AGF Management Limited. "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/TourdeForce.

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 and have been awarded 28 times since 2008.

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
2nd Annual Tour de Force
Canada Company
Tel: 647-224-0634
Email: Peter.Hart@canadacompany.ca


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