Rick Hansen is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 26 month, 40,000 kilometer, 34-country tour he undertook to raise the worlds' awareness of the potential that people with disabilities have.
As reported last week by Digital Journal's Andrew Moran, Rick Hansen's 25-year follow-up to his Man In Motion World Tour, wound its way out of Toronto today and headed toward Mississauga and eventually to the Central and Western provinces.
Hansen's singular Man in Motion World Tour has segued into the The Many in Motion 25th Anniversary Relay, a 274-day, nine month relay that is retracing the Canadian leg of his world tour, following his original route right across Canada.
And 'many' in motion this relay team truly is. From the more than 7,000 relay "difference makers", there are hundreds of volunteers helping make Hansen's "journey towards a cure and a more inclusive society" come to fruition.
Hansen is quick to wave at supporters as he wheels by, even quicker to smile at all those gathered around, supportive welcoming/thanking hugs are freely given and words of encouragement "Great job guys!" "Way to go!" etc. are also spoken in a truly meaningful way. I felt honored to be a witness to just a tiny portion of Mr. Hansen's historic relay.
There are many corporate sponsors funding this event who should be noted.
All the sponsor's for the Many in Motion 25 Anniversary relay.
You can check out Rick Hansen's website here, which includes a Relay Map that shows the progress of the relay on a day to day basis, has a write up featuring selected Medal bearers, is updated every day with new pictures, and has much much more.