25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour hits Oakville!

Thursday, October 27, 2011 – for immediate release

25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour hits Oakville!

Residents invited to come out and show their support on November 10!

Join us in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s original Man In Motion World Tour during its stop at Oakville’s state-of-the-art Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on Thursday, November 10.

A recreational skate will kick off the celebrations starting at 5 p.m. This will be followed by the arrival of Oakville’s World Tour Medal Bearer Melissa Vassallo to the fully accessible Sixteen Mile Sports Complex at 6:45 p.m. As one of 7,000 medal-bearers from across Canada, Melissa will walk the driveway lined with cheering residents armed with glow sticks and noise makers to the official reception inside.

“By attending this event, you’re supporting Rick’s lifelong vision of a healthier and more inclusive world,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re honoured to have Melissa carry the official World Tour medal on behalf of our community. Her spirit to live life to the fullest in the face of adversity is inspiring and the Town of Oakville proudly joins her efforts in advocating inclusiveness for those with disabilities and breaking down barriers to accessibility.”

Oakville residents are invited to enjoy a recreational skate, slice of pizza and ticket to that night’s Oakville Blades game for only $5! Or check out the Sledge Hockey Try-it event with Cruiser Sports at 6 p.m. and the free recreational skate at 7:30 p.m. generously sponsored by MediChair.

Twenty-five years ago, Rick Hansen kicked off his solo Man In Motion World Tour. In 2011, one Man In Motion will be celebrated by many in motion with thousands of Canadians walking, wheeling or running in the nine-month, 12,000 kilometre relay that retraces the route of Rick’s original World Tour.

“I had the privilege of meeting Rick last year and know first-hand what a truly remarkable person he is,” said Vassallo. “He has an amazing way of turning a negative into a positive and proves that no matter what challenges we have to face in life, we can be healthy, active and make a difference. This is truly an honour.”

The 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s original Man In Motion World Tour recognizes outstanding collaborative leadership and honours the extraordinary progress made in the areas of accessibility and research towards a cure for paralysis after a spinal cord injury.

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Media contact:

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour hits Oakville!