Olympic torch coming here!

  • Nov. 21, 2008 8:00 p.m.

The Olympic torch is coming! Islanders will be able to see it in person November 3 next year as it passes through on its way towards the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. “This is an extraordinary moment and a wonderful opportunity for the island communities to show case Haida Gwaii to the world” said Queen Charlotte Mayor Carol Kulesha, who is on the local Olympic committee. “The Torch Relay is to be an island celebration, a once in a generation opportunity and we desire and need everyone’s participation,” she said. Islanders interested in applying for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame can apply at iCoke.ca or rbc.com/carrythetorch. The torch relay begins its 106-day Canadian journey on October 30, 2009. It ends on February 12, 2010 when it arrives in Vancouver for the Opening Ceremony before a global viewing audience of billions.The relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history, stretching over 45,000 kilometres. Upon its conclusion, the Olympic Flame will have been welcomed in over 1,000 communities and passed within a one-hour of more than 90 percent of Canadians.For more information about this event contact Margaret Davies 559-8587, email mdavies45@yahoo.ca