Some of the money raised at last year’s Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event last year in Whistler will be used to enhance signage for those with disabilities in Whistler, Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation officials said this week.
Each June, thousands of people wheel, walk or run to raise money at Wheels in Motion events that aim to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury, and for research leading to a cure.
Last year, Tony Jovanovic led a team of volunteers in the community to help raise $2,947 at the Whistler event. Some of the money will go toward the purchase of signage indicating the location of ramps, elevators and accessible washrooms in public buildings in Whistler Village.
The balance of the money required to implement the signage will be provided through the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s Village Enhancement Fund, officials said.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the of the Man In Motion World Tour, when Hansen wheeled around the world, fuelled by the dream of a fully accessible and inclusive society, and a cure for spinal cord injury.
The fifth annual Wheels In Motion event will take place in communities across Canada on Sunday, June 10. For information on how to get involved, visit www.rickhansen.com
By Whistler Question Reporter