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Saint John welcomes the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay


Saint John welcomes the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay
Sponsored by McDonald’s, cross-Canada Relay returns to Saint John

Saint John, NB – Twenty-five years after Rick Hansen travelled across the country as part of his Man In Motion World Tour, his message of hope and inspiration returns to Saint John in October 2011 with the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. Saint John will be among 600 communities across the country that will welcome the Relay, a nine month journey that will move east to west, beginning in Cape Spear NL August 24, 2011 and concluding in Vancouver BC on May 22, 2012.  

“We are honoured to have Saint John a part of the 25th Anniversary Relay” said Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. “I received so much encouragement and support when I wheeled through Saint John 25 years ago, it’s truly inspiring to encourage a new generation to pursue their dreams.”

In 1985, Rick Hansen pushed his wheelchair out of Vancouver, BC and set out on a journey that would make history. His legendary Man In Motion World Tour spanned more than 40,000 km through 34 countries; took over two years to complete; and raised more than $26 million for spinal cord injury. Rick’s incredible achievement became a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of teamwork. His courage and determination inspired us to believe in the possibility of a fully accessible and inclusive society, and a cure for spinal cord injury.

The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will re-trace the Canadian segment of the original Man in Motion journey, visiting every province and territory and traveling 12,000 kilometres. The Relay will be made up of 7,000 participants, Canadians who have made a difference, no matter how large or small, in the lives of others and who motivate us all to help make our communities and the world a better place. While Rick will be present at a number of cities and stops along the 25th Anniversary Relay, it will be these 7,000 participants who will complete this cross-Canada tour and represent his spirit and drive.

“I was teaching school when Rick Hansen’s “Man in Motion World Tour” came through Saint John,” said Mayor Ivan Court. “Rick made an impression on this City, and has worked tirelessly to make a world inclusive and accessible to all. We have a community goal to serve the access and mobility needs of all people – this event will help us with our goal.”

More information on how to become a participant in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will be announced in April 2011.

About the Rick Hansen Foundation:

The Rick Hansen Foundation is a registered charitable organization that provides leadership to create more accessible and inclusive communities for people with a spinal cord injury, and supports the search for a cure. The Foundation achieves its goals by connecting the people and resources that make innovation possible. Please visit www.rickhansen.com for more information.

About the Rick Hansen Foundation’s 25th Anniversary:

The Rick Hansen Foundation is currently celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, and the extraordinary progress that has been made in the fields of accessibility and spinal cord injury advancement since. Over the two-year anniversary period (March 21, 2010 – May 22, 2012) a number of programs and events are planned to inspire others to dream big, recognize difference makers, create lasting and sustainable legacies and change the world, one good turn at a time.