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Rav Lal to carry Olympic Torch



    It was announced yesterday that Rav Lal is the first named person from Drumheller to carry the torch on the Olympic Relay.
    Lal, who works in the IT industry, will be carrying the torch on January 16, 2010. He said he has known for three weeks and laughs that it was hard to keep it a secret.
    “After a bit of jumping around and screaming, the first people I told was my kids obviously,” said Lal. “ It was very hard to contain myself, it is great honour.”
    The announcement was made at a ceremony at RBC in Drumheller, which included RBC Olympian Brad Spence, a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski team. He commented on the meaning of the torch to him.
    “For me the relay represents the fire in me that burns every day as I reach for the podium,” said Spence.
    Lal was able to hold the torch for the first time at the ceremony for the crowd that gathered which included members of the Drumheller Olympic torch run committee and RBC regional vice president Doug McLean.
    In the application, the perspective torchbearer is asked to make a pledge to his community to make a better Canada.  Rav pledged to urge people to donate used electronics to charity or for recycling. He also pledged to start giving free computer classes to seniors in the community, giving them the tools and the knowledge to communicate with their families and the world.
    “I made a pledge that was meaningful to me and even if I was not selected, I’ll stick with it,” said Lal.
    He says he will not know which segment of the run he will participate on, but it will be made known to him six weeks before he is to take the course.
    The Olympic Torch Run commences in Canada on October 30, 2009, and will travel 45,000 kilometres and 12,000 Canadians will get to carry the torch along the way. As of Friday, the torch will arrive in Drumheller in 140 days.

Drumheller stuffs two full buses to help increase low food bank stock

dsc_2175.jpgDrumheller not only stuffed one bus, but two, providing the Salvation Army Food Bank with a enough supplies to last into winter.

On Tuesday, August 25, the food bank invited the residents of Drumheller to come out, and come out they did, and help fill a school bus with non-perishable food, to “Stuff That Bus!”
    “Drumheller is just amazing, the people here never disappoint,” said organizer Heather Colberg, who was shocked at how successful the event was despite word being spread only last week.
    “You know, some people wonder why we live in Drumheller,” said Jason Blanke of the Chinook Credit Union as employees were dropping off a dozen bags, “and this is exactly the reason why. It is just incredible.”
    Last week, the Foodbank invited all residents of Drumheller to wear jeans to work on Tuesday, if they would drop off a bag of items at the Alberta Treasury Branch parking lot all day long.
    By the time they called it quits on Tuesday afternoon, two busses as well as two pick-up trucks  were full of essential food items.   
    It was not only employees who dropped off goodies, said Colberg, it was people from all walks of life, leaving items to help stock the dwindled food supplies at the bank.

Local Big Mac flipper to serve world’s best at 2010 Olympics

A hard working, top-performing employee of the Drumheller McDonald’s will be serving the world’s best Big Macs in Vancouver after being chosen to work at any one  of three on-site McDonald’s in the 2010 Olympic Athlete’s Village.Danielle Brisebois, 17, found out in July she would undergo a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games, with a round-trip flight to Vancouver and on-site accommodation.
“I was so surprised when I found out – going to the Games is what most people dream of,” said the Crew Trainer who has worked with McDonald’s for three years. “I take great pride in working at McDonald’s, and I’m honoured to represent my local restaurant and country as a member of the Olympic Champion Crew.”
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