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YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon benefits from Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion

St. John’s, NL, April 14, 2009 – People living with spinal cord injury in St. John’s will have access to state of the art exercise equipment thanks to the YMCA-YWCA and Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank.

In partnership with the Miller Centre, Eastern Health, a portion of the funds raised at the 2008 Wheels In Motion event have been used to purchase an Upper-Tone Exercise System, which will allow individuals with spinal cord injuries to utilize the equipment without any assistance from others.

“It is incredibly important for people living with SCI and related disabilities to live active and healthy lives,” says Sherry Thompson, Y General Manager, Health, Fitness & Recreation. “Thanks to the support of Wheels In Motion, we are now able to provide increasingly independent exercise opportunities for people living in our community.”

Wheels In Motion brings communities together and touches the lives of thousands of Canadians with spinal cord injury every year. Funds raised by Wheels In Motion support projects that respond to the priority needs of Canadians living with SCI through local customized solutions and national initiatives that help improve the quality of life of people with SCI.

Since the inception of Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion in 2003, Canadians have raised over $9.6 million. These funds have supported more than 800 projects in communities across Canada to improve the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injury. Each year, Wheels In Motion brings us one step closer to achieving the goal of a fully accessible and inclusive Canada,

There will be a photo opportunity taking place on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 12:15 – 12:45pm at the St. John’s Y, 34 New Cove Road, to recognize the contribution of Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion.

The next St. John’s Wheels In Motion event will take place on June 14, 2009. For local event information, please contact Jennifer Shears by telephone at 709-777-6461, email jennifer.shears@easternhealth.ca, or visit www.wheelsinmotion.org.

For further information on the photo opportunity, please contact:

Janet King,
Coordinator, Campaign Support, Communications & Special Events
YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon
709-754-2982 ext 60

YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon benefits from Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion

Front: Dion Regular, Rick Hansen Ambassador, St. John's, NL. Back L-R: Cecil Templeman, Representing CPA Board of Directors; Randy White, Y Member and Volunteer; Michelle Northover, Director, Development, YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon; Norman Dawe, Scotiabank and Jennifer Shears, St. John's Wheels in Motion Event Leader.

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