96Chapter Four / SPONSORSHIPRonaAs a National Partner, RONA was committed to leaving a lasting legacy through its partnership with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The company developed a five-year programme inorder to help prepare for the 2010 Winter Games around four distinctive pillars - Athletes Support,Sustainability, Venue Construction, and Employee Engagement. RONA's 'Growing with our athletes' programme contributed CAD 4 million over a five-year period, from 2006 to 2010, to support 100 high performance Canadian athletes. The RONA Vancouver 2010 Fabrication Shop, a community-based training programme dedicated tohelp at-risk youth and new Canadians, oversaw construction of 11,000 items, including podiums,wheelchair ramps and warming huts. RONA also provided building materials, finishing materials, hardware and paint, including eco-responsible products such as FSC-certified wood and non-VOC paint, for several Olympic WinterGames venues including the Vancouver Olympic Centre, the Richmond Olympic Oval and the University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena. The company's employee engagement programme also saw close to 100 RONA employees selected from across the country to live the Olympic experience as they acted as volunteers during the Games while still receiving a salary.