Kimberley welcomed Rick Hansen Anniversary Relay
The 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s historic Man in Motion World Tour was celebrated in Kimberley April 14.
A number of Kimberley residents took part in the relay as it wound through the city, taking turns carrying the Rick Hansen Medal, including Annie Johnston who marched it into The Platzl to end the day and start the ‘End of Day Celebrations.’
The celebrations included speeches by city officials, such as Mayor Ron McRae, and inspiring talks by local and visiting VIPs, who shared their stories, either of meeting Rick Hansen 25 years ago and being inspired enough to overcome emotional wounds of being disabled to detailing how becoming involved with Rick Hansen’s work turned one man around.
The Kimberley Rotary Club hosted the Saturday events in The Platzl, with cake and free hot dogs, as well as PT the Clown providing giggles and thrills for youngsters.
The Kimberley stop for the Relay was Day 235. The Rick Hansen Foundation organized the cross-country relay to celebrate the spirit of the 25th anniversary of his landmark, epic journey across Canada, and the amazing progress achieved since the Man in Motion World Tour by recognizing the work of incredible difference makers across the country who have contributed to Rick Hansen’s dream of creating a more accessible, more inclusive and healthier world for all.
The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay began on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and has retraced Rick Ha
nsen’s Man in Motion World Tour route across Canada by moving from one Man in Motion to Many in Motion. A total of 7,000 outstanding Canadians are walking, running or wheeling along the Relay route until it concludes on May 22 in the Lower Mainland.