2012 Year in Review – Rick Hansen Relay

Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay rocks the South Cariboo

The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay Team in 100 Mile House was pumped up with excitement as the 14 Medal Bearers prepared to begin their noble task.

The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay Team in 100 Mile House was pumped up with excitement as the 14 Medal Bearers prepared to begin their noble task.

100 Mile House, 108 Mile Ranch and Lac la Hache were among the 600 communities across Canada included in The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay.

Local Medal Bearers, accompanied by the Rick Hansen motorhome carried the symbolic medal through their respective communities, attracting excited crowds along the way.

The medal began its journey Aug. 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and ended May 22, 2012 in Vancouver, retracing the Canadian portion of the route taken by national hero Rick Hansen 25 years ago when he made his historic Man in Motion World Tour.

The first local stop for the area relay was Lac la Hache where three Medal Bearers, including Nancy Frost, Cindy Grant and 91-year-old Jim Milliken each covered a portion of the move southward on March 27.

108 Mile Ranch Medal Bearers Nieka Embree, Brayden Herpberger and Bev French were in the spotlight when the relay team rolled into their community later that same day for an upbeat celebration.

In 100 Mile House the medal was passed among a large group, including Chris Nickless, Hannah Hartmann, Debbie Dengel, Janice Yakura, Candace Sikiric, Levi Sellars, Richard Bergen, Phil Gabel, Michelle McDermid, Sarah Paterson, Chris Zonruiter, Taylor Blades, Eleanor Nicoll and Kylie Padison.

At the end of the line, it landed in the hands of Dianne Bob who covered the final distance, into the South Cariboo Rec. Centre.

There, a gala celebration took place with musical entertainment and an exhibition sledge hockey game between the 100 Mile House Bantam Rep Female Donex Thrashers and the Williams Lake Tier 2 Bantam Boys squad.

The game raised $334.47 for the 100 Mile House Red Cross.