Rick Hansen thanks Canadians for volunteer service and keeping dream alive twenty years later

    VANCOUVER, April 16 /CNW/ - In the spirit of National Volunteer Week
(April 15 - April 21), Canada's Man In Motion, Rick Hansen, would like to
acknowledge and thank the thousands of Canadians who contribute so many hours
each year to making a difference in lives of people with spinal cord injury
through the annual fundraising event, Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, Presented
by Scotiabank.
    "We are very grateful to the thousands of volunteers that come out every
year to support Wheels In Motion," said Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the
Rick Hansen Foundation. "Through their support we've raised $5.6 million since
the inception of this event five years ago, funded over 500 Quality of Life
projects and launched a spinal cord injury registry in 11 acute care and
rehabilitation centres across the country. That's progress, and we absolutely
could not have made this impact without the commitment from these volunteers".
    We would like to recognize and thank 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.
    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Rick Hansen's legendary Man In
Motion World Tour, where Rick and a team of friends wheeled around the world,
fueled by the dream of a fully accessible and inclusive society, and a cure
for spinal cord injury. "Thanks to the incredible commitment and generosity of
so many Canadians, we are well on our way to making this dream a reality,"
said Hansen.
    Canadians are invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Man In
Motion World Tour by participating in a Wheels In Motion event in their
community on Sunday, June 10th, 2007 and share their memories of the Man In
Motion World Tour by visiting the website at www.rickhansen.com.

    The Rick Hansen Foundation is a registered charitable organization that
works 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. Through Rick's leadership, the Foundation has generated more than
$178 million for spinal cord injury related programs and initiatives.
    The Foundation is particularly grateful to our Premier Partner,
Scotiabank, for its outstanding commitment to making a difference in the lives
of people with spinal cord injury and related disabilities.

For further information:

For further information: or to request an interview, please contact:
Lindsay Thom, Rick Hansen Foundation, Direct: (604) 709-6335, Toll-free:
1-800-213-2131, lthom@rickhansen.com

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