Community can take part in Hansen relay

In preparation for his 25th Anniversary Relay which will re-create the Canadian-portion of his original Man In Motion Tour, Rick Hansen is looking for residents of Armstrong to help cover the 12,000 kilometre trek across Canada.

One man in motion will be represented and celebrated by many in motion as 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in the lives of others will walk, wheel or run in the Rick Hansen Relay when it begins on Aug. 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Nfld., and concludes on May 22, 2012 in Vancouver.

The 25th Anniversary Relay is planned to pass through Armstrong on April 3, 2012.

To find and recognize these participants, the Rick Hansen Foundation launched an online public contest April 5 at RickHansenRelay.com, allowing Canadians to enter to win a spot for themselves or nominate a worthy individual to participate in the Relay as a Medal-Bearer.

“Today is an exciting day in our 25th Anniversary celebration and for Canadians across the country, as we connect the nation and provide the opportunity for people who are making a difference in the lives of others to be recognized for their accomplishments and to share their stories,” said Hansen, president and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation.

As part of the relay, residents of Armstrong can enter the online contest to participate in the relay.

To tell the story of Canada’s difference makers, the online contest is open to: individuals who are creating a more accessible and inclusive world, youth-leaders who are encouraging their generation to embrace positive change, persons who are protecting the environment or any Canadian who is seeking ways to improve the lives of others.

“We are very excited about the opportunity for our citizens to participate in the Man in Motion 25th Anniversary Relay, right here in Armstrong,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

As the Relay will connect the country from coast to coast, the symbol that links each participant to the next will be the Rick Hansen Medal, designed and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint.

All Canadians (13 years and up) will be able to apply to become a participant through the online contest at RickHansenRelay.com.