Twenty-five years ago Rick Hansen had a dream - to make the world more accessible and inclusive and to find a cure for spinal cord injury (SCI). Inspired by a deep-seated belief that anything is possible, Rick's dream took shape in the form of the Man In Motion World Tour (MIMWT). For 26 months he and his team wheeled over 40,000 kilometres through 34 countries, raising awareness of the potential of people with disabilities. The completion of this epic Tour was a testament to willpower, physical prowess and the ability to lead a seemingly impossible campaign. It was the beginning of a lifelong and selfless journey to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
From the beginning of the 25th anniversary wheelchair curlers from across the country have been participating in this monumental celebration, starting with Joanne MacDonald – Skip of Team Newfoundland & Labrador to the latest difference makers Cindy Hoffstrom, 3 time Northern Ontario Champion and Mark Wherrett now member of Chris Sobkowicz’s Team out of Manitoba.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the MIMWT. Moving from one Man In Motion to Many In Motion, it is a global invitation to join Rick in his journey towards a cure and a more inclusive society as he inspires a new generation to be difference makers -to dream, to take action, to continue to change the world.
|Wendy Morgan (National Coach)|
The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will re-trace the Canadian segment of the original Man In Motion World Tour. Starting in Newfoundland and travelling westward to British Columbia, the nine-month relay will cover 12,000 kilometres, and visit over 600 communities from coast to coast - in every province and territory. With over 7,000 participants, this exciting and inspiring journey will celebrate and showcase Canadians who are the pride of their communities, recognizing everyday heroes, including youth, who are making a difference in the lives of others and who motivate us all to better our country and our world.
The Rick Hansen Difference Maker Awards recognize individuals who have made a significant impact in the area of accessibility, researchers who have advanced discoveries related to SCI research, community leaders and youth who have put "service above self" to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.
|Mark Wherrett & Cindy Hoffstrom (center)|
If you’re a difference maker during this relay, please send us a picture and we will be glad to honour your participation by posting your picture and story.
Are you a difference maker?