Canada's Man In Motion, Rick Hansen, rolls out Wheels In Motion

TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ -

What: Rick Hansen and Presenting Partner Scotiabank will launch Rick
Hansen Wheels In Motion 2003, a national fundraising event that
aims to raise awareness and funds to help people with spinal
cord injury and to find a cure. The event will be launched at a
news conference on Wednesday, January 22.

Who: Rick Hansen, founder of the Rick Hansen Man In Motion
Bob Chisholm, Vice-Chairman, Domestic Banking, Scotiabank
Harley Nott, Chair, Canadian Paraplegic Association
Dr. Michael Fehlings, Director, Neural and Sensory Science
Program, Head, Spinal Program, University Health Network, Co-
Director Rick Hansen SCI-NET Program

Master of Ceremonies Jeff Adams, the first wheelchair athlete
to climb the CN Tower.

Where: Lyndhurst Centre (part of Toronto Rehab)
520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, Ontario
(main intersection: Eglinton & Bayview)

Media are invited for a tour of a rehabilitation area with
patients actively engaged in their treatments.

Media may also participate in the news conference by telephone
at 1-800-814-4860 (please dial in five to 10 minutes in

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (all times Eastern Standard)
Event launch and speeches 10:00 a.m.
Audience/media Q&As 10:25 a.m.
Media Tour & interviews 10:30 a.m.
Refreshments 10:30 a.m.

Mr. Hansen and other event guests will also be available for
one-on-one interviews following the news conference.

Why: More than 37,000 Canadians are living with a spinal cord
injury. Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion 2003 is an opportunity for
people of all ages, backed by pledges and donations, to
participate in events in their local communities to celebrate
the spirit of the original Man In Motion World Tour and raise
awareness and funds. This annual event is the Rick Hansen Man
In Motion Foundation's new signature event in support of its
mission to accelerate improvements to the quality of life for
people living with spinal cord injury and to find a cure.


For further information: please contact: Sarah Sugiyama, Rick Hansen Man
In Motion Foundation, (604) 709-6329, Cell (604) 518-6674,; Neil Trotter, Scotiabank Public Affairs,
(416) 866-3708,