TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - The Honorable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario, will meet with Mr. Ramesh Ferris, who is hand cycling across
Canada to raise awareness and funds for polio survivors, and members of his
support team on Tuesday, August 5, 2008.
Mr. Ferris, a 28-year old polio survivor, was adopted from India by
Canadian parents in 1982. He visited India in 2002 and witnessed the reality
for polio victims who do not have rehabilitative supports. Upon his return to
Canada, Ramesh vowed to help.
"While the vast majority of current polio cases occur in distant
countries where polio is still endemic, in this age of casual jet travel
between continents, Canadians cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to
having our children vaccinated," commented the Honourable David Onley,
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who is a survivor of childhood Polio. "I
applaud Ramesh Ferris for undertaking this remarkable trip, to make Canadians
aware of the part they can play in the global effort to eradicate polio."
Mr. Ferris started his trek in Victoria, B.C. on April 12, 2008, is the
anniversary of the release of the Salk's polio vaccine, and will finish the
challenge upon reaching Cape Speak, N.L.
Who: The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Mr. Ramesh Ferris, Cycle to Walk
What: PHOTO OPPORTUNITY followed by private meeting
Where: Music Room, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
2nd floor, Queen's Park
When: Tuesday, August 1, 2008 at 10:30am
For further information:
For further information: Ms.Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the
Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7780, www.lt.gov.on.ca