Media Advisory - Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion announces Quality of Life projects for 2009



    Photo Op: Sneak-peak of Scotiabank Wheelchair Challenge

    TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ -

    
    When:     Tuesday June 2, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Where:    Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre - Auditorium 520 Sutherland
              Drive - Toronto

    What:     The Toronto Wheels In Motion Event Committee is announcing the
              projects that are to be funded by the upcoming Toronto Wheels
              In Motion event, presented by Scotiabank, Since 2003, Wheels In
              Motion has raised over $1.1 million and touched the lives of
              many people with spinal cord injury by supporting more than 25
              local Quality of Life projects in Toronto..
              The event will also feature a sneak-peak of the revamped
              Scotiabank Wheelchair Challenge, the signature event of Rick
              Hansen Wheels In Motion. Children from Bloorview Kids Rehab
              will participate in a demonstration of the challenge as it will
              appear at the June 14th Wheels In Motion event. The Scotiabank
              Wheelchair Challenge is designed to give participants a better
              understanding of what it is like to navigate through life using
              a wheelchair, and create awareness for those living with
              disabilities.

    Who:      Nick Torrito - Scotiabank District Vice President GTA East -
              Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion Honourary Co-Chair
              Dave Hederson - Senior Vice President and CFO of McDonald's
              Restaurants of Canada Limited - - Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion
              Honourary Co-Chair
              Rich Vanderwal - Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador
              Nick, Dave and Rich will be joined by representatives of the
              funding recipients for 2009 as well as children from Bloorview
              Kids Rehab who will be participating in the demonstration of
              the Scotiabank Wheelchair Challenge.

    Why:      To raise awareness and funding to improve the quality of life
              of people with spinal cord injuries through the 7th Annual Rick
              Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank. The event
              takes place on June 14, 2009 in communities across Canada.

    Background information:
    

    Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion brings communities together and touches the
lives of thousands of Canadians with spinal cord injury every year. Funds
raised support a wide range of life-enhancing initiatives that allow people
with spinal cord injury to fully participate in their community and live life
to its full potential. Since 2003, Wheels In Motion has raised over $9.6
million to support more than 800 quality of life projects.





For further information:

For further information: Dylan DeMarsh, (705) 874-0266 (office), (705)
772-7240 (cell), ddemarsh@rickhansen.com


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