Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 19, 2012 12:26 ET

Media Advisory: Experience Olympic Fever at CHEO Teddy Bears' Picnic at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2012) - On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the grounds of Rideau Hall will be transformed into a playground when it hosts the 29th Annual Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Teddy Bears' Picnic, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston are inviting residents and visitors in our nation's capital to join them for this family-day event. As this year's picnic will be taking place on Olympic Day, Canadian Olympians will be onsite to talk about the benefits of physical activity and healthy living.

"Sharon and I are looking forward to welcoming all of you to Rideau Hall for the CHEO Teddy Bears' Picnic, which recognizes the outstanding work of volunteers at the CHEO Foundation who are looking after the recovery and well-being of our children," said His Excellency. "It is timely that this year's event will take place on Olympic Day, a day that honours Pierre de Coubertin's vision of teaching the world basic human values embodied in sports in order to lead better lives and build better communities. As patron of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I'm delighted that Canadian Olympians will join us to share how sports have been an important pathway to their healthy development. "

The day will kick off at 8 a.m. with a celebrity pancake breakfast followed by an opening ceremony. At 9:50 a.m., His Excellency will thank all volunteers for their outstanding work and dedication, and encourage Canadians to stay physically active to better support their families and children.

Throughout the day, the young and the young-at-heart will enjoy stage entertainment, rides and games. Children are invited to bring their teddy bears and other stuffed animals for check-ups and minor repairs at the B*A*S*H tent-Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital.

This year, on the occasion of Olympic Day and in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Olympians will invite the public to participate in sports demonstrations such as soccer, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, athletics, triathlon field hockey and synchronize swimming, just to name a few, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also share how their passion for sports and physical activity has allowed them to live the Olympic dream. Visitors will not want to miss the opportunity to interact with Olympians like Alexandre Bilodeau and Alexandra Orlando, as well as to visit the speaker's corner to send good luck wishes to the more than 250 Canadian athletes who will compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Tours of the Residence

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will be able to tour the historic residence and its State rooms, where they will learn about the history and the role of the governor general.

Shuttle

Park and ride shuttle buses will be in operation from the National Research Council Canada (NRC), located at 100 Sussex Drive, starting at 7:30 a.m. and the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), located at 11 Aviation Parkway, starting at 9:30 a.m. The last shuttle bus from the NRC and CASM leaves at 2:15 p.m. and the last shuttle bus leaving from Rideau Hall will be at 3:15 p.m. For more information, please contact the CHEO Foundation at 613-737-2783.

Limited parking for mobility-impaired guests will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via Princess Anne Gate. For more information, please contact 1-888-842-4422, 613-991-4422 or guide@gg.ca.

About the CHEO Foundation

The sole purpose of the CHEO Foundation is to raise funds to help support the work of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Donations help the hospital provide a wide variety of pediatric programs, research, state-of-the-art equipment, medical and nursing education, and assistance for families in crisis. For more information, visit www.cheo.on.ca/en/ourfoundation.

About the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)

The COC leads the achievement of the Canadian Olympic Team's podium success and advances Olympic values in Canada. Independent and predominantly privately funded, the COC delivers resources that Canada's elite athletes need to perform at their best and to give their everything every day. The backbone of Canada's Olympic movement, the COC works with National Sport Federations to prepare the Team for the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games. For more information, visit http://olympic.ca/canadian-olympic-committee.

Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office at marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca.

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