Rick Hansen relay makes a stop in Vernon

Vernon celebrates Rick Hansen 25th anniversary relay April 1

  • Mar. 18, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Preparations are underway to celebrate the achievements of an iconic Canadian moment.

Vernon will hold an end of day celebration for the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary relay team April 1 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Polson Park.

“Come down to Polson Park and enjoy a family event,” said Patrick Nicol, event chairperson.

“This truly is a celebration of Rick Hansen and the difference-makers in our community.”

The relay, which began in Newfoundland last summer and ends in Vancouver May 22, marks the  25th anniversary of Hansen going around the world in a wheelchair to raise funds for spinal cord research.

Hansen will not be in Vernon April 1, but the event will include entertainment, the Vernon Vipers, local firefighters and the Queen Silver Star royalty.

When the relay team arrives at 5 p.m., it will be piped into the park by the Kalamalka Highlanders. There will also be presentations by athletes Josh Dueck and Sonja Gaudet.

“In 25 years, Rick Hansen has become a catalyst for change in society’s attitude and building an accessible world,” said Nicol.

“While Rick continues to pursue his dream, he looks to the future to find ways to make a difference in the world.”

For more information about the ceremony, go to www.vernon.ca/Rick_Hansen/index.html