Rick Hansen coming to Chilliwack for 25th anniversary Relay
Rick Hansen is expected to arrive in Chilliwack late Sunday afternoon to mark the quarter-century that has passed since his ground-breaking Man in Motion World Tour by wheelchair.
This time around, he has 7,000 people completing the route in his stead.
The 25th Anniversary Relay has been retracing the Canadian segment of the original Man in Motion tour, travelling to 600 communities in a bid to make the world more accessible and inclusive.
Chilliwack was also chosen to host an End of Day Celebration on May 13, a free community event marking the Relay at Heritage Park.
Hansen will arrive with medal bearer Betty Colk some time after four p.m. Colk was nominated by Chilliwack officials to have the honour of passing the medal on to another participant who has made a difference in their community.
Colk is a local athlete with the Special Olympics who works at the Community Policing Office, and she is one of 7,000 Relay participants, who will be walking, wheeling or running a leg of the 12,000 km of the route across Canada from Newfoundland to B.C.
Earlier that day participants in Agassiz, Harrison, Rosedale, and Chilliwack passed the commemorative medal on to others like themselves along the Relay route.
The Rick Hansen Medal was designed by the Royal Canadian Mint and is made of sterling silver.
Hansen will be on hand to sign autographs after the celebration at Heritage Park comes to a close at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, said officials.
The Relay continues without Hansen, on Monday, May 14, via horse and buggy from Heritage Park, escorting the Relay convoy to the Start of Day celebration at Evans Elementary School and later at Yarrow Community School.
The Relay is expected to reach more than 70 per cent of country's population, and winds up in Vancouver on May 22.