The 25th Anniversary of the Man in Motion tour is being celebrated with a relay following the Canadian leg of Rick Hansen’s amazing journey around the world to raise awareness of, and funding for spinal cord injury research.
The relay, which kicked-off in Newfoundland in August, 2011, spans 12,000 kilometres, through 600 communities. On April 7, the relay makes its way to Sicamous where an end-of-day celebration will occur. On April 10, the relay carries on to Malakwa and Revelstoke.
A special relay medal will be carried by more than 7,000 relay participants. Those undertaking the Sicamous leg of the relay are already being selected, and event planning is underway. The Eagle Valley News will provide event coverage and keep the community informed of what’s going on, where and when.
“Recreating the Canadian portion of the Man In Motion World Tour and visiting hundreds of communities from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia, the Relay will feature thousands of Relay Medal-Bearers donning the 25th Anniversary Relay Medal, a powerful symbol of hope,” writes Hansen. “While our route plans will respect the original Man In Motion World Tour’s dates and communities, highlighting the progress made over the past 25 years, one of our goals will be to tell the story of everyday Canadian heroes who are making a difference in their communities, their country and the world.”
To help celebrate this historic event, the News is asking residents to dig through their photo archives for pictures from Hansen’s visit to the community during the original Man In Motion tour. We would also love to hear from anyone with stories to share about the visit. These will be published in a future edition of the paper, and on the News website.
Watch the News for further details as they become available.