Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

March 18, 2011 20:34 ET

Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Selects Canadian Coast Auxiliary as Charitable Gift Fund Recipient

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) -

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Pacific Region is pleased to announce that its National Association has been hand-selected by the Royal Couple Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton to receive charitable donations in lieu of wedding gifts.

"They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date," Clarence House said in a statement.

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, a 100% volunteer organization, is on call 24/7 and operates more than 1500 vessels along the Canadian coastlines. They respond to a quarter of all marine incidents and save over 200 lives every year.

"It's a huge honour to be chosen by Prince William and Miss Middleton as part of a list of distinguished charitable groups around the world," says Randy Strandt, President Pacific Region, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, "We're certainly proud of the good work that our nearly 5000 volunteers put in to ensure marine safety and it's our pleasure now to be in a position to share our story with millions of people who can support our efforts on behalf of the Royal Couple."

The long tradition of vessels responding to distress situations is part of the fabric and, in many cases, the law for most maritime nations. In Canada, the participation of volunteers in marine rescue pre-dates Confederation. The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary was formed in 1978-79 to enhance search and rescue coverage and capability, and to better coordinate volunteer efforts.

The organization has been saving lives ever since. For more information, visit www.ccga-gcac.org.

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