Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion has touched thousands of lives since the inception of the program in 2003. The annual fundraising event has raised more than $10 million, supported more than 900 Quality of Life improvement projects, and increased awareness of spinal cord injury (SCI) while strengthening bonds within the SCI community.
For these reasons – and many others – the Rick Hansen Institute is pleased to announce that it will be taking over operations and management of this tremendously successful event from the Rick Hansen Foundation.
The Rick Hansen Institute has been working in close partnership with Wheels In Motion since 2006. While the Wheels program focused on orchestrating the June event, the Rick Hansen Institute assumed responsibility for working with the SCI community to identify the priority needs of people living with spinal cord injury and allocating the funds raised in the most effective possible manner.
Wheels In Motion will work closely with divisions of the Canadian Paraplegic Association and other SCI community partners to produce regional Wheels In Motion events, while maintaining relationships with local volunteer event committees.
“Wheels In Motion has always been an important part of the Rick Hansen Institute, and we feel strongly that the Rick Hansen Institute has the capacity and ability to take Wheels In Motion to the next level,” says Eric Boyd, Rick Hansen Institute CEO. “Working more closely with our SCI community partners will allow us to more effectively support the SCI community, while making this event even more relevant in the lives of people with SCI.”
Funds raised through Wheels In Motion will continue to support projects that improve the quality of life of people living with SCI in the areas of active living, peer leadership, and solutions. Through the support from presenting partner Scotiabank, the format of the event will remain the same with the wheelchair challenge acting as the main activity.
For more information, visit www.wheelsinmotion.org.