Town sets the wheels in motion

Published: March 15, 2004  |  Source:

Brighton is preparing to join communities in every province and territory in Canada on Sunday, June 13, for the Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion.

On that day, people of all ages and abilities will be wheeling, biking, skating, running or walking to help raise awareness and funds to assist in improving the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries.

Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank, provides the opportunity for Brighton to support Rick’s dream started 18 years ago when he wheeled around the world. Half of all funds raised in Brighton will remain in Brighton to support projects designed to enhance the lives of people with physical disabilities. The other half of the funds will be directed to research.

“Our goal is to put on a great event for our community to come together, have some fun and help make a difference in the lives of people with a physical Disability living in Brighton,” said event Chair Dorothy Fletcher.

Over ten-million Canadians are impacted by children, teenagers and adults living with a spinal cord injury; 84 per cent of injuries occur to people under age 34. 90 per cent of what we know about spinal cord injuries has been discovered in the last ten years. A spinal cord injury can happen in a moment but the effects can last a lifetime.

The Organizing Committee of Dorothy Fletcher, Craig Kerr, Ruth Kerr and Chris Matthews invite interested community members or groups to join them. For more information call Dorothy at (613) 475-4427.