HONG KONG, April 21 /CNW/ - Rick Hansen, Canada's Man In Motion,
addressed a stadium of 1,500 Hong Kong youth today in the final leg of
his visit to China where he visited Beijing, Shanghai, Shantou and Hong
Kong. The eleven-day trip to China is part of the 25th Anniversary
International Program which aims to further international collaboration
and partnership agreements in regards to the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord
Injury Registry (RHSCIR), recognize international achievements in the
areas of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries, celebrate the
achievements of the last two and a half decades, and engage youth in
meaningful dialogue - all while looking to the future in the hopes that
all communities can become healthy, accessible and inclusive.
"It's been incredibly encouraging to see the tremendous progress China
has made. Rights for people with disabilities are translated into
policy...and you can also see the positive changes in the built
environment," said Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen
Foundation (RHF). "In the past eleven days, we have been fortunate to
meet with great scientists, energized youth, spinal cord patients in
hospitals, organizations representing persons with disabilities, and
medical leaders in China who are now collaborating with The Rick Hansen
Foundation and The Rick Hansen Institute. We are now moving as a
global team to share spinal cord research best practices and recognize
achievements of individuals who are making a better world in China. My
return to this great country this time has been about the many in
motion that are joining me to help forge a path to a healthier and more
"The trip was supported by the Canadian missions in China who showed
tremendous support to help the Foundation reach its goals and
objectives including ambassador David Mulroney who attended a number of
events and activities."
A summary of the full China trip includes:
Youth engagement: With the goal of engaging youth in meaningful global dialogue on how to
influence positive social change, Hansen held a symbolic relay at the
Great Wall near Beijing on April 12th, with 400 international students, to celebrate and recognize young
difference makers who are having an impact in their communities.
Hansen also visited primary through university schools in Beijing,
Shanghai, Shantou, while wrapping up his China tour by participating in
the Hong Kong SCI fund Youth Rally - a spinal cord injury awareness
Cooperative agreements: A key priority for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Man In Motion World Tour is the goal of
securing international partnerships that focus on the global
acceleration of progress in the areas of SCI research and positive
social change for people with disabilities. Rick Hansen announced three
cooperative agreements during his visit to China.
In Beijing, the Rick Hansen Foundation signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with the China disabled Person's Federation (CDPF) to
pursue the common goal of advancing the quality of life for people with
disabilities and to set the foundation for the future generations to
work towards accessible and inclusive communities.
Also in Beijing, the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) signed cooperative
agreements with the China Research and Rehabilitation Centre (CRRC) and
the Peking University Third Hospital (PUTH), to strengthen cooperative
SCI research and rehabilitation initiatives in China. The main
elements of the agreements include: shortening the discovery time for
new treatment methods; developing a shared data platform and clinical
trials network; and identifying best practises.
Difference Maker Awards: A major component of the 25th Anniversary's international outreach is
the Difference Makers program, which aims to recognize individuals who
have made a contribution towards a more accessible and inclusive world,
those who have furthered discoveries related to a cure for spinal cord
injury or recipients who have put service above self to make an
extraordinary difference in the lives of others.
Difference Makers award recipients from the trip include:
The Chinese Disabled Persons' Federation - a national network that serves 83 million people with disabilities,
dedicated to improving their quality of life and setting the foundation
for more accessible and inclusive communities across the country.
The Chinese Research and Rehabilitation Centre - the leading provider of medical rehabilitation services in China, the
work of the CRRC has enriched and enhanced the SCI research community
in China, but also around the world, thanks to the organization's
commitment to international collaboration.
Mr. Shi Derong - Chairman of the Board, Shanghai Guosheng Group Co, Ltd. His efforts
have assisted in changing the societal perception of people with
disabilities while creating greater accessibility and inclusivity in
Mr. Ajmal Samuel - Chief Executive Officer ASAP Transaction Processing Corporation
Limited. He has been a tireless advocate in raising awareness about
issues that affect people with disabilities in Hong Kong.
Ms. Suzanne Poon - member of Advisory Board for the Hong Kong University SCI Fund, and
Chair of the Hong Kong SCI Fund fundraising committee. Ms. Poon is an
active volunteer and fundraiser who has exemplified "service above
Mr. Kwok Fai So - Chair Professor and Head of Department, Jessie Ho Professor in
Neuroscience, Department of Anatomy University of Hong Kong, and
Co-Chair of the Hong Kong University SCI Fund. He continues to inspire
the next generation, training researchers who will go on to develop the
innovations of tomorrow.
The fourth and final trip of the Rick Hansen Foundation's international
outreach will take place in the US from June 20 to 27, visiting New
York, Washington, DC, and Miami.
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 will be
unveiled to inspire others to dream big, recognize difference makers,
create lasting and sustainable legacies and change the world, one good
turn at a time. For more information please visit www.rickhansenrelay.com.
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