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A Medal goes around the world: Rick Hansen celebrated by the Royal Canadian Mint

May 12, 2011 – The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to have been invited to add its renowned medal manufacturing skills to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion Tour by crafting the sterling silver Rick Hansen Medal. It will travel to China, the United States and Canada, carried by medal bearers commemorating Rick Hansen’s historic achievement and inspiring others to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Rick Hansen Medal - sterling silver - 85 mm - 400 g.

Rick Hansen Medal - sterling silver - 85 mm - 400 g.

The Rick Hansen Medal has been crafted by the Royal Canadian Mint. These will be carried by Medal-Bearers walking, running or wheeling through the 25th Anniversary Relay commemorating Rick Hansen’s historic achievement as it traces an itinerary through China, the United States and Canada. The Participant Medals, to be awarded to up to 7,000 Medal-Bearers who will walk, run or wheel through the anniversary relay, will be composed of base metal will feature a reduced diameter reproduction of the Rick Hansen Medal design.

The design of the obverse side or “face” of the medal consists of a series uniquely textured ribbons intersecting each other, implying motion, excitement and celebration. The bilingual motto of the 25th Anniversary: “MANY IN MOTION – UNIS EN MOUVEMENT” is engraved on one ribbon curving in a circular pattern.

The reverse or “back” of the medal features mirror images of the motion ribbons found on its obverse. The forward angle of these ribbons evokes the journey ahead, as Rick Hansen and the many in motion continue to pursue their goals. The reverse design is completed by the official logo of the 25th Anniversary Man in Motion World Tour, which shows the enduring and inspiring silhouette of Rick Hansen on the original Man in Motion World Tour.

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, travelling 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 on the New Man In Motion World Tour, please visit this site.

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