Launches contest to win Relay spot, announces Relay medal, sponsors and
MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 5 /CNW/ - 25 years after his Man In Motion World
Tour, and in preparation for his 25th Anniversary Relay which will re-create the Canadian-portion of his
original Tour, Rick Hansen is looking for help to cover the 12,000
kilometre trek across Canada - 7,000 helpers to be exact. One man in
motion will be represented and celebrated by many in motion; as 7,000
participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in
the lives of others will walk, wheel or run in the Rick Hansen Relay
when it begins on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and
Labrador and concludes on May 22, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
To find and recognize these participants, the Rick Hansen Foundation
launched today an online public contest at www.RickHansenRelay.com, inviting Canadians who have made a difference to enter to win a spot
to participate in the Relay as a Medal-Bearer. To encapsulate the
country's multi-faceted population, contest criteria will be broad and
is open to: individuals who are creating a more accessible and
inclusive world, leading and encouraging others to live a healthy and
active lifestyle, or persons who are contributing to the protection and
sustainability of the environment.
With the Relay passing through over 600 communities across Canada, the
Rick Hansen Foundation is looking for Canadians from across the nation
to enter for their chance to take part in the Relay in their community.
The full map and list of communities that the Relay will pass through
is also available online. While Rick will not be wheeling across the
entire country as he did 25 years ago, he will be present at a number
of stops throughout the country during the nine month Relay.
"Canadians across the country are being invited to join me in the
celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour," said Rick Hansen,
President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. "The Relay will
connect a nation of difference makers who are outstanding examples of
everyday heroes having an impact on the lives of others through a
vision of a healthy and inclusive world. This is the start of a
movement for 7,000 Canadians to help inspire the nation and live by the
credo that anything is possible."
At an event to launch the online contest for the Relay, Rick Hansen
Secondary School in Mississauga hosted Rick in a gymnasium of over 900
students. Also in attendance was the Honourable David C. Onley,
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who spoke prior to Rick's entrance.
"I am honoured to take part in the launch for Canadians to enter and
take part in the Rick Hansen Relay, which marks the milestone
anniversary of Rick's Man In Motion World Tour," said the Honourable
David C. Onley. "For more than a quarter century Rick has
raised significant funding for and awareness of disability and
accessibility issues and his 25th Anniversary Relay will inspire a new generation to make a difference in
the lives of others, with the hopes of creating an inclusive society
Making the vision of celebrating everyday Canadian's contributions to
their communities a reality, the Rick Hansen Foundation also announced
the list of Relay and 25th Anniversary sponsors to date. Presenting Partners include McDonald's
and Nike, with CTV as Official Broadcaster, and Air Canada, The Globe
and Mail, Honda, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, the Royal Canadian Mint,
and Scotiabank announcing their support as Official Suppliers.
While the first Medal-Bearer will kick the Relay off in Cape Spear,
Newfoundland and Labrador on August 24, 2011, the first participant of
the Relay to be named was announced at the event at Rick Hansen
Secondary School. Amna Ansari, a 17 year old grade eleven student at
the school, originally thought she was going to demonstrate to her
peers how to sign-up for the Relay via the online contest. However, she
was surprised to find out that Rick Hansen himself announced she would
run in the Relay when it makes its way through Ontario in late 2011.
Ansari is an accomplished student who is actively involved in school
mentor programs, plays, and student committees. Outside of the
classroom she is a nursing co-op student at Credit Valley Hospital and
has created programs such as the adoption of Century Park in Ontario,
and organized a week to end violence campaign. Amna is a true
difference maker for the next generation, and someone whose work is
creating positive change for her community.
Continuing the Relay's mission to recognize everyday heroes across the
country, Presenting Partner McDonald's Canada invited Dale Bartlett to
participate in the Relay as a difference maker. Bartlett is an
owner-operator of six McDonald's restaurants in the Greater Toronto
Area, and an active contributor to McDonald's Canada's philanthropic
endeavours such as Ronald McDonald House Charities. 25 years ago
Bartlett was a McDonald's Restaurant manager at the Eaton Centre
shopping complex in downtown Toronto. Upon being inspired by Rick's
story, he personally organized a fundraising coin-box campaign within
the Eaton Centre's retailers, and raised $30,000 in one month,
culminating in presenting a cheque to Rick when he made his way through
Toronto in November of 1986.
"Leading a fundraising effort as a manager for our Eaton Centre
restaurant during the original Man In Motion Tour and meeting Rick 25
years ago had a profound impact on me," said Bartlett. "Working at
McDonald's taught me the importance of giving back to the community and
being in contact with Rick showed me the power each individual has to
make a difference in the lives of others."
As the Relay will connect the country from coast to coast, the symbol
that links each participant to the next will be the Rick Hansen Medal,
designed and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. From the same Ottawa
facility responsible for medals of the Canadian Forces, the RCMP and
the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, the Mint has designed and handcrafted
sterling silver Rick Hansen Relay Medals. Every Medal-Bearer will
receive their own medal to permanently remember the way in which they
personally added to the momentum of the 25th Anniversary Relay.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to join the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour by contributing the talent
and ingenuity of its employees to the creation of the Rick Hansen Medal
," said James B. Love, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal
Canadian Mint. "Rick Hansen has inspired millions in the 25 years since
his historic journey and the Mint is honoured to have had the unique
opportunity to immortalize his legacy by crafting the unforgettable
Rick Hansen Medal."
The public contest by which Canadians can enter to win their spot on the
Rick Hansen Relay opens today, with regional closing dates. The contest
closes on: June 1, 2011 for Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec; August 3, 2011 for Ontario;
October 26, 2011 for Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan; and December
28, 2011 for British Columbia.
The following items will be available on the Media Centre Page of www.RickHansen.com: Relay route map, full list of communities and dates, difference maker
biographies, high resolution images of the Rick Hansen Medal and a
Medal Backgrounder, and high resolution images and b-roll video of
Rick's original Man In Motion World Tour.
About the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay:
Beginning on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador,
the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will retrace the Canadian segment of the original Man
In Motion World Tour, traveling 12,000 kilometres, through 600
communities and concluding in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 22,
2012. This time, one will inspire many in motion; engaging 7,000
participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in
the lives of others. Please visit www.RickHansenRelay.com for more information.
About the Rick Hansen Foundation:
The Rick Hansen Foundation is a registered charitable organization that
provides leadership to accelerate progress toward a more healthy,
sustainable and inclusive world. The Foundation achieves its goals by
connecting the people and resources that make innovation possible.
Please visit www.RickHansen.com for more information.
About Our Sponsors:
A project of the scope and scale of the 25th Anniversary and Rick Hansen Relay could not be possible without the
tremendous support from our partners. Our sponsor's involvement - be it
financial, operational or through the provision of services - is
crucial to our goal of celebrating everyday Canadians' contributions to
their communities and inspiring the next generation of difference
Presenting Partners: McDonald's, Nike | Official Broadcaster: CTV |
Official Suppliers: Air Canada, The Globe and Mail, Honda, Pattison
Outdoor Advertising, the Royal Canadian Mint, Scotiabank.
SOURCE Rick Hansen Foundation
For further information:
| Rick Hansen Foundation |
John Gibson (in Ontario on April 5)
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Suzanne Reeves (in Ontario on April 5)
| McDonald's Canada |
Media Relations Line
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