Three schools have been selected to celebrate the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. Students and staff from Deseronto Public, Quinte Secondary and Centennial Secondary and Trenton High are eager to host Hansen and his team on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
The following lists the Relay events connected to schools.
- Monday, October 31: Deseronto Public School Primary students will walk to Centre/Main streets to wave on the tour, with some cross-country team members from the school joining the runners as they continue to the Deseronto Community Centre. Once there, Grade 4 to 8 students will participate in the town’s presentation to the relay runners.
- Tuesday, November 1: The Relay will leave Quinte Sports Centre at 8:50 a.m., travelling south on Cannifton Road to College Street.
- It will turn right on College Street and proceed to Quinte Secondary School for the in-school Start of Day School Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. The entire student body will participate in an assembly to honour Rick Hansen and cheer him and the Relay team on. Grade 12 student, Nick Holden, will be a medal bearer on behalf of Quinte SS.
- The Relay will depart from Quinte Secondary School at 9:30 a.m. and will continue west on College Street to Sidney Street. Educational Assistant Doug Weatherall, Moira Secondary School, will be a medal bearer a segment on College Street. He will be joined by two classes from Moira. The relay will go south on Sidney Street to Bridge Street, turn right onto Bridge Street and proceed to Palmer Road where it will turn left and continue to Centennial Secondary School for a short stop at 10:00 a.m.
- As the Relay passes through Canadian Forces Base Trenton, students from Breadner Elementary will line the route along RCAF Road and wave to the runners. The Grade 2 to 8 students will then head over to the National Air Force Museum to hear Hansen speak.
- Runners will continue west and make a stop at Trenton High School. The Relay team will be assembling all 10 Quinte West medal bearers at THS beginning at 11:35 a.m. with Relay passing THS at 1:35 p.m. Two THS students will be medal bearers. All students will be outside to share in the experience.
As the Relay passes through communities, students from area schools will line the route to cheer on runners and show their support for this historic event.
Twenty-five years to the date of his Man In Motion World Tour commencing its historic cross-Canada journey back to British Columbia, Canadian hero Rick Hansen is continuing his journey of making the world more accessible and inclusive.
The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay  began on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador—the easternmost point in North America and approximately 15 kilometres southeast of St. John’s. The Relay will retrace the Canadian segment of the original tour, but this time one man in motion will be represented and celebrated by many in motion; engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in the lives of others.
Inspired by a deep-seated belief that anything is possible, Hansen’s ‘big dream’ took shape in the form of the Man In Motion World Tour. For 26 months he and his team wheeled more than 40,000 km 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 life-long and selfless journey to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Building on a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments, Hansen believes his best work is still in front of him; challenging us to dream extraordinary dreams, to focus attention on accessibility and to remind everyone that when we remove barriers, anything is possible.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, firstname.lastname@example.org