The Rick Hansen Foundation is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Man in Motion Tour that took place in 1986-1987. The national relay across Canada began in August 2011 and is coming to Fort Erie on November 15th and 16th! We are very excited to also be chosen to host an End of Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 15th at the Old Fort Interpretive Centre. The doors will open at 4:00 p.m. with giveaways for the first 100 people. The actual ceremony will begin with the procession of the community’s medal bearer, Dennis Hernandez, at approximately 4:30-4:45 p.m.
We encourage residents to cheer on the relay throughout the community and have provided a relay map and some timing highlights. On Wednesday, November 16th the relay once again leaves from the Old Fort for a Start of Day send-off at Our Lady of Victory School and then will travel through Ridgeway and Crystal Beach.
This 25th Anniversary relay is about raising awareness, engaging communities and leaving behind a more inclusive and accessible nation.
12,000 kilometres will be travelled; 7,000 participants have been chosen as medal bearers and 700 communities will be visited, reaching 70% of the Canadian population.
Please join us in celebrating all of the work that Rick Hansen and his Foundation has done for spinal cord research over the past 25 years. Let us hear what you remember from the original Man in Motion Tour!
I’m really looking forward to being a part of this momentous national historic event. I hope lots of people cheer on the medal bearers as they make their way through town and come out to the end of day celebration. Let’s show them how Fort Erie throws a party!!!