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Windsor Names Community Medal-Bearer for the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay

Tuesday August 23rd, 2011, 1:50pm


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One of the key events commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour is a national Relay that will be held over a nine month period, commencing on August 24, 2011.   The Relay will recreate the Canadian portion of the Man In Motion World Tour visiting hundreds of communities from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver, BC.  This Relay will feature thousands of Relay Participants donning the 25th Anniversary Relay Medal, a powerful symbol of hope.   The route plans will respect the original Man In Motion World Tour’s dates and communities, and will highlight the progress made over the past 25 years. It will tell the story of Canada and Canadians – those everyday heroes who are making a difference in their communities, their country and the world.

“The City of Windsor applauds the ongoing efforts and infectious spirit of Rick Hansen, as 25 years later he is still committed to a more accessible and inclusive world.  Today marks the beginning of the nine month relay tour making its way across Canada.   We are pleased to be recognized as one of the 600 end of day celebration communities, and are proud to announce our final community medal bearer, Ray Grassi” said Mayor Eddie Francis.  “We encourage the community to share in this memorable experience and invite residents to be part of the crowd on November 22nd to show their support for this significant milestone and journey through Windsor” said Eddie Francis, Mayor of the City of Windsor.

Ray, is a native of Windsor,  and has been a member of Canada’s national sledge hockey team since 2003.  From a very young age, he has also participated in a wide range of sports including baseball, swimming, track and field, and power lifting.  Ray lives his life leading by example. He inspires us all to face and accept our personal challenges, whatever they may be, and to be respectful and inclusive to all.

As the Relay connects the country from coast to coast, the symbol that links each participant to the next will be the Rick Hansen Medal.   The sterling silver Rick Hansen Relay Medal was designed and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, the same Ottawa facility responsible for medals of the Canadian Forces, the RCMP and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.  Every Medal-Bearer will receive their own medal as a permanent remembrance of the way in which they personally added to the momentum of the 25th Anniversary Man in Motion World Tour.


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