Tag: Rick Hansen Foundation
Premier gives $200,000 over five years to help those with spinal cord injuries
Twenty years after his historic Man in Motion Tour last brought him to P.E.I., Rick Hansen returned to the province Thursday to enter into a new partnership agreement with the provincial government.
Hansen and representatives of the Canadian Paraplegic Association joined Premier Pat Binns at Province House to affix their signatures to the certificates of participation in the new initiative.
Rick Hansen event raises funds for spinal cord injuries and research
Powell River’s third annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion takes place from 10 am to 1 pm, on Sunday, June 10 at the Powell River Recreation Complex.
Community members, businesses and families can collect pledges and walk, bike, run, rollerblade, skateboard, or wheelchair along designated routes around Powell River. Route lengths vary from three to 10 kilometres.
Prime Minister Harper celebrates 20th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour with commitment to SCI Translational Research Network
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada’s New Government intends to provide $30 million in funding over five years for the Spinal Cord Injury Translational Research Network (SCI-TRN), established by the Rick Hansen Foundation.
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.
Twenty years later, Rick Hansen is still relentless in his pursuit of a cure for spinal cord injuries
The Man In Motion had nowhere to go.
Rick Hansen was looking for a place to escape from the sweltering 33-degree heat at his daughter’s soccer game this past summer in Chilliwack, B.C. All the parents headed for the stands, but there was no wheelchair accessibility.
Hansen ducked into a state-of-the-art hockey rink that was part of the new sports complex. He spotted a sandwich shop open on the next level, a welcome sight since he was hungry. That option was blocked, too. No ramp or elevator.
After an early-morning downpour, it looked as though the 300 participants in Sunday’s 4th annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion race might have to paddle through the streets of Pointe Claire, but the sun came out just before they crossed the starting line to raise $20,000 for spinal cord research and a new adapted playground set for the city.
Organizing committee chairman Doug Webb, who has been raising money for the playground since 2004, said he hopes to see improved accessibility and adapted transportation for people whose mobility is impaired.
People making a difference in the lives of people with spinal cord injury is the driving force behind the Comox Valley Wheels in Motion event this Sunday — and Jim Milina is the man leading that drive.
“We’re trying to come up with strategies for preventing the severity of injury in the short term,” Milina said. “And in the long term, getting people like me out of these chairs once and for all.”
Milina has been a quadriplegic since 1981 when he was injured during an indoor demonstration of freestyle skiing at a Toronto ski show. At the time, he was 18 years old and the B.C. senior men’s freestyle champion. Now, he runs his own media communications business and is an ambassador for Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion Foundation, the organization that started the event in 2003.
Wheelchair athlete famous for global trek is focused now on injury research
Twenty years ago, Rick Hansen was wrapping up his 40,000-kilometre Man in Motion world tour, “little suspecting that as one long trip was ending, the much longer journey was about to begin.”
The 48-year-old standard-bearer in the battle to find a cure for catastrophic spinal-cord injuries has not slowed down in the past two decades. He will be holding his fourth annual Wheels in Motion national fundraising campaign on Sunday.
Supporters of the annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion walk are hoping to make a significant difference in the lives of those suffering from spinal cord injury.
As a precursor to the event, which will be happening June 11, organizers set up a kick-off event at Tom Davies Square May 11 to showcase the support the walk has garnered over the past several years by community members and sponsors alike.