Show support for Wheels in Motion

Published: April 26, 2008  |  Source: bclocalnews.com
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A team of volunteers in Surrey is preparing to organize the sixth annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank and taking place on Sunday, June 8.

The Surrey Event Committee, chaired by Stan Leyenhorst and Tara Cleave, is asking the local community to show their support by joining the local event committee.

“Last year’s event was an unbelievable success and we want to build on that success this year by getting as many people involved as possible,” said Cleave.

“Wheels In Motion brings the community together to have fun, meet new people, and raise funds for solutions that improve the quality of life of men, women and children with a spinal cord injury.”

On June 8, people of all ages and abilities can participate in Wheels In Motion’s fun Scotiabank Wheelchair Challenge. Teams will compete in a relay and gain a better understanding of issues that people living with spinal cord injury face in their day-to-day lives.

Since the inception of Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion in 2003, Canadians have raised more than $7.6 million. These funds have supported more than 700 quality-of-life projects in communities across Canada to provide solutions for men, women and children with spinal cord injury. Funds raised have also been directed to support research in search of a cure. 

“A spinal cord injury can happen in a moment, but it can change lives forever,” said Cleave. “When you get involved in a Wheels In Motion event you can help create solutions for people with a spinal cord injury.”

Funds raised through Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion benefit communities across Canada and are allocated through the SCI Solutions Alliance, a national network of individuals and organizations that are passionate about providing solutions for Canadians living with SCI.

 For local event information, call Tara Cleave at 604-502-6353, or e-mail tcleave@surrey.ca. For information on the Rick Hansen Foundation, visit www.wheelsinmotion.org