St John’s, NL, August 24, 2011 – As the Canada-wide relay to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour gets under way in Cape Spear NL, the Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to launch a medallion replicating the stunning relay participant medal. This inspiring medallion can be purchased as a keepsake of the historic anniversary relay or as a gift for those who have made a difference in our lives and communities. This medallion faithfully captures the bold design of the Rick Hansen Medal, which was also proudly crafted by the Mint.
“Just as the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to see the medal it finely crafted travel across Canada in honour of the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour, we are also pleased to offer Canadians and collectors world-wide a stunning replica medallion as a keepsake of this historic relay,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “In the same spirit which inspired Rick Hansen to embark on his Man in Motion World Tour, the Mint hopes that each medallion will serve as reminder of the importance of making a positive difference in our communities and in the lives of others.”
“The replica medallion is a great way for the public to honour those who have inspired us and made a difference in our lives, and to commemorate the 7,000 difference makers who will participate in our 25th Anniversary Relay,” said Rick Hansen. “With the support of world- class partners such as the Royal Canadian Mint and individuals from across the country, we are moving from one man in motion to many in motion – on a journey for positive change that will set the stage for the next 25 years.”
The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay Medallion was produced at the Royal Canadian Mint’s Ottawa facility, where the Rick Hansen Medal was also crafted. It is composed of a cupro-nickel alloy and is 35 mm in diameter. Presented in a colourful 15x15 cm folder revisiting Rick’s inspiring story, it is also offered with a bezel which allows the medallion to be worn as a pendant, rich in symbols of achievement and perseverance.
The medallion will be produced on demand and be available to the general public for purchase as of August 24, 2011for the retail price of $14.95 CAD. It will be sold along the anniversary relay route by Rick Hansen Foundation team members and will also be available from the Mint by calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or by ordering on the Internet at www.mint.ca. The medallion will also be sold at the Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, including participating Canada Post outlets.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.
About the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay
Beginning on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will retrace the Canadian segment of the original Man In Motion World Tour, traveling 12,000 kilometres, through 600 communities and concluding in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 22, 2012. This time, one will inspire many in motion; engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in the lives of others. For more information, please visit www.RickHansenRelay.com.