Enderby relays tour bid

Enderby wants to celebrate the Man In Motion.

City council and the Enderby Chamber of Commerce will look at participating in a national relay marking the 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s world tour to raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

“We want to be one of the communities they stop at,” said Mayor Dee Wejr.

The nine-month relay will start Aug. 24 and it will largely follow the original Man In Motion route. Among the places Hansen visited then was Enderby.

“I took my kids and took pictures. I have one shot where he’s working so hard and he impressed me,” said Wejr.

“It’s an important part of our history and the relay would be a wonderful experience.”

Wejr believes the chamber of commerce is an obvious partner for the city when preparing for this event.

“They did such a great job with the Olympic torch relay,” she said.

The chamber expects planning for the Man In Motion relay will begin soon.

“Rick Hansen visited Enderby 25 years ago, so I see this chance to be a host community as bringing things full circle,” said Tate Bengston, executive director.

“It is a great opportunity to celebrate Mr. Hansen’s leadership, accomplishments, contributions, and the inspiration that he provided. It is also a time for our community to reaffirm our support for the values of inclusivity and accessibility that Mr. Hansen represents.”

Hansen, who is present of the Rick Hansen Foundation, is encouraging communities to get involved.

“This is an opportunity for you and your community to create your own experience — however big or small — and entirely of your choosing,” said Hansen in a letter to Enderby council.

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