Rick Hansen thanks Barb Sharrers for her community contributions during the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay end of day celebration in Memorial Park May 10. She was among 14 local medal bearers who were recognized as difference makers.

Rick Hansen returns to Hope

Silver anniversary relay dubbed 'many in motion'

Hundreds of people poured into Memorial Park last Thursday to welcome Rick Hansen.

The 25th Anniversary Relay end of day celebration featured wheelchair races, live music, food concessions and a visit from Ronald McDonald. Bob Melnik, who chaired the 1987 Man in Motion event in Hope, reprised his role as MC.

The relay through Hope May 10-11 featured 14 local medal bearers, who were recognized as making a difference in the lives of others in the community.

The 25th Anniversary Relay, which started on Aug. 24 in Newfoundland, commemorates and retraces the Canadian segment of the original Man in Motion Tour. It will have travelled through more than 600 communities and featured over 7,000 medal bearers before concluding in Vancouver on May 22.

Go to www.facebook.com/HopeStandard to view more photos from the relay celebration.