Media Advisory - The 5th Annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion rolls into Toronto this Sunday, June 10th!



    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:  On Sunday, hundreds of people of all ages and abilities will
           participate in the 5th annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion,
           presented by Scotiabank. This national fundraiser raises awareness
           to help people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and to accelerate
           research into finding a cure. Participants will walk, wheel or run
           in support of SCI.

           The event includes a BBQ lunch, a wheelchair basketball challenge,
           a wheelchair obstacle course, a children's arts and crafts area
           and a children's obstacle course. Included in this year's event is
           the Wheelchair Relay where corporate and community teams of five
           individuals will wheel the course in a wheelchair, completing a
           series of skill-testing activities and tasks, helping to build
           understanding of the daily wheelchair challenges.

    WHO:   Wheels in Motion Honourary Co-Chairman John Tory
           Wheels in Motion Honourary Co-Chairman Joe Brandt
           Event M.C Susan Hay, Global Television
           Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassadors
           Toronto Regional Police
           Local Scotiabank employees
           Torontonians of all ages
           Volunteers

    WHERE: The Docks Polson Pier

    WHEN:  Sunday, June 10, 2007
           8 a.m.      Scotiabank and Community relay registration
           8:50 a.m.   DEMO: Toronto Regional Police compete against
                       Scotiabank District Vice-Presidents
           8:45 a.m.   Scotiabank wheelchair relay challenge
           9:30 a.m.   Community wheelchair relay challenge
           10 a.m.     Corporate and walk/wheel registration
           10:45 a.m.  Opening ceremonies, hosted by Susan Hay
           11 a.m.     Start of wheel, walk or run on 1 km, 5 km or 10 km
                       routes

    WHY:   To raise awareness and funds to improve the quality of life of
           people with spinal cord injury, and for research leading to a
           cure.
    

    About Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion:

    Since its inception in 2003, Wheels In Motion has raised $5.6 million to
support over 500 Quality of Life projects in communities across Canada and
help launch the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry in acute care and
rehabilitation centres throughout the country. Each year, Wheels In Motion
brings us one step closer to achieving the goal of a fully accessible and
inclusive Canada, and a cure for spinal cord injury.
    The Rick Hansen Foundation is particularly grateful to our Premier
Partner, Scotiabank, for its outstanding commitment to making a difference in
the lives of people with SCI and related disabilities. The Foundation
recognizes and thanks the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Canadian Wheelchair
Sports Association, and Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association for their
strong support as participants in and organizers of Wheels In Motion.

    About Scotiabank:

    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2006 the Bank provided more than $42 million in sponsorships
and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Scotiabank is
on the World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.com.

    Canadians can donate to Wheels In Motion online at www.rickhansen.com
until June 30, 2007.




For further information:

For further information: Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs,
(416) 866-6203, or livy_feldgajer@scotiacapital.com; Maureen Shaughnessy
Kitts, (416) 322-5902, or maureenskitts@shaughnessy.com; For Information on
the Rick Hansen Foundation please contact: Lorraine Wilson, (604) 351-9205, or
lwilson@rickhansen.com


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