City puts Hansen celebration in motion

The Olympic Torch Relay was good for community spirit.

And Armstrong’s mayor believes the 25th anniversary celebration of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion world tour to aid spinal cord research can be equally beneficial.

“Like the previous campaign (Olympic Torch), I think we should be involved in this one,” said Chris Pieper at Monday’s regular council meeting. “I think it would be a pretty neat initiative to be involved in.”

Armstrong was sent a letter from Hansen, the Vancouver man who made world headlines in the 1980s when he wheeled himself around the world, returning to a hero’s welcome in whatever community he rolled through upon his return to his home province, where he finished the Man In Motion tour.

Hansen, now president and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, has written communities to inform them that a national relay will be held over a nine-month period starting on Aug. 24, 2011 from St. John’s, Nfld.

The tour will recreate the Canadian portion of the Man In Motion world tour, visiting hundreds of communities from St. John’s to Vancouver.

Hansen is expected to wheel through Armstrong and the North Okanagan around April 3, 2012.

The city will be receiving more material on how to get involved with the Canadian tour.