Canadian Police "Punch It Up" in Kandahar for Troops

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Police and Peace Officers from the Canadian Emergency Services Boxing Association, known as CESBA, stepped into a customized, made in Canada "desert" boxing ring at Canadian Forces Base Kandahar as a way to enhance morale and demonstrate their unwavering support for the men and women of the Canadian Forces.

The officers were part of the "Team Canada Tour" that attended the base, along with several high-profile dignitaries including Chief Of Defence Staff General Walter Natynczyk, Governor General Michelle Jean, Canadian Music and Sports Icons: Bruce Cockburn, Finger Eleven, Guy Lafleur and others.

The CESBA team consisted of police and peace officers from Halton, Peel, Toronto, Canadian National Police and a female Parole Officer from Brampton. After the matches, the officers participated in a rare tour "outside the wire" to the front lines and forward operating bases of the Afghanistan Mission.

The media is invited to meet with members of the CESBA Team, who have just returned from Afghanistan and want to share their impressions and observations regarding this most unique event and tour in support of the Canadian Forces.

    When: Tuesday Sept 15th, 2009 - 4:30 p.m.

    Where: Le Treport Banquet Centre - 1075 The Queensway East Mississauga

    What: Meet with and share the experience of Canadian Police and Peace
    Officers who boxed in Kandahar as a "Salute" to the Canadian Forces and
    then toured the front lines of the mission in Afghanistan. There will
    also be an open training session at the venue involving female/male
    police and Olympic prospect boxers.

    Who: Join your media colleagues, Mayor Hazel "Hurricane" McCallion,
    George Chuvalo, Canadian Emergency Service Boxers just back from
    Kandahar, Boxing Ontario Executive along with representatives from
    supporting agencies.

Light refreshments to be served.


For further information: For further information: Barry Dolan - (647) 242-9269 - -

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