Friday, October 14, 2011

Blackville School student participates in Rick Hansen Relay

by Braden Coughlan

Grade 10 Blackville student Kendra Underhill participated in the annual Rick Hansen relay that was held on October 1st.

Rick Hansen created the relay event. Hansen is a paralympian who was paralyzed in a tragic car accident when he was only 15. In 1985 Rick Hansen began his Man in Motion tour spanning over 26 months and covering 40,000 kms over 34 countries.

Since then there has been an annual Rick Hansen relay, which raises money and awareness for spinal cord injury problems.

Kendra says that participating in this event was very exciting and it made her feel proud to be running for a good cause. She learned a lot about what Rick has done for people suffering from spinal cord injuries.

Kendra says that if all goes well she would enjoy participating again next year. Currently Rick has raised more than 200 million dollars, with no end in sight.