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Canadian Forces to carry the Olympic Flame

OTTAWA, June 4, 2009 — 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:

Date

Community

Province

November 2, 2009

CFB Comox

BC

November 6, 2009

CFB Cold Lake

AB

November 8, 2009

CFB Alert

NU

November 11, 2009

CFB Goose Bay

NL

November 20, 2009

CFB Greenwood

NS

November 25, 2009

CFB Gagetown

NB

December 3, 2009

CFB Valcartier

QC

December 13, 2009

CFB Petawawa

ON

January 8, 2010

CFB Shilo

MB

January 10, 2010

CFB Moose Jaw

SK

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.

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For more information, please contact:
Jackie Braden, RBC Media Relations, 416-974-2124


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.


 



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