One year to go to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: Let's Make Some Noise Canada!

    Special online toolkit to help every community join in the fun

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - With only one year to go before Canada hosts
the 2010 Winter Games, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is inviting communities across the country
to help celebrate the countdown to 2010 in their own unique way.
    One of the easiest ways to participate is by simply making some noise on
February 12 - one year from the start of the Olympic Winter Games Opening
Ceremony. At exactly 6:00 pm local time, in time zones across the country,
Canadians of all ages are invited to make some noise. You can honk car horns
in downtown Toronto or sound foghorns in Halifax, ring sleigh bells in Prince
George, chant folkloric songs, or dance to Aboriginal drumming in St.
John's... anything to show Canadians' pride as the Games draw near. The noise
will roll like a wave of sound across the land as the clock strikes 6:00 pm in
each of the country's six time zones.
    In addition to this national cacophony, VANOC has created a One-Year
Countdown Celebration Toolkit to serve as a quick and easy inspirational tool
to help get each community started on planning its own events. The guide
contains more than 20 fun, practical and affordable ideas, as well as
information on booking Olympic and Paralympic athletes, staging green
activities and an event production checklist.
    "Celebrate a local athlete, host a weekend street hockey tourney, or
"hurry hard" to organize a community curling bonspiel. Maybe a torchlight
parade of skiers suits your town more, or a showcase of the best art,
sculpture and performers in a door-to-door culture crawl," said John Furlong,
VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "These are Canada's Games and we invite the
whole country to join in the fun."
    The online toolkit can be downloaded at:
ications/one-year-countdown/-/62600/1n1edlh/index.html .
    These ideas are only the beginning. VANOC wants to hear about the unique
celebrations planned for every community. Canadians are encouraged to submit
ideas and write-ups prior to their event to with the
subject line "One Year To Go." VANOC will post the event listing and,
following the event, a selection of the best photos, videos and stories at

    About the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

    The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler
from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will also host the 2010
Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. An estimated 5,500 Olympic
athletes and team officials from more than 80 countries will take part in 86
medal events during the 17-day Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Another
1,350 athletes from more than 40 countries will take part in 64 medal events
at the 12-day Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games. In addition, an
estimated three billion people worldwide will tune in to watch the Games. For
more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Sébastien Théberge, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-2261,

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