MEDIA ADVISORY

12 September 2001


Wheelchair Relay part of 'Round the World Challenge Regina visit September 14-15

The 18-country 'Round the World Challenge in support of spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation arrives in Regina on Friday, September 14, 2001. Highlights of the two-day stopover include an official welcome by the City, the Canadian Paraplegic Association and local federal and provincial representatives, and participation in the CPA Wheelchair Relay to be held on Saturday September 15, 2001. In addition, a special tour of the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre has been planned. The 40-year-old former World Cup freestyle skiing champion and movie stuntman, who is paralysed from the chest down, is on track to become the first quadriplegic to drive around the world unassisted.


NOTE: Media interviews are now being booked.


Friday, September 14, 2001

WHAT: Mike Nemesvary and the 'Round the World Challenge Team officially welcomed to Regina by the City, the Canadian Paraplegic Association government representatives and agencies, followed by a video presentation.

WHERE: City Hall, 2476 Victoria Avenue, Fountain Area - Outside Welcome
Moving Indoors to City Hall Forum
Regina, SK

WHEN: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2001

WHO: Mike Nemesvary, 'Round the World Challenge
Councilor Bill Gray, City of Regina
Clint Ellingboe, CPA Executive Director
Del Huber, CPA Board Member, Chairperson of CPA Relay

Saturday, September 15, 2001

WHAT: Canadian Paraplegic Official Start of The National Wheelchair Relay Event. Donations can be made to 'Round the World Challenge.

WHERE: Sportplex-Fieldhouse, 1717 Elphinstone Street, Regina, SK

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2001

WHO: Mike Nemesvary, 'Round the World Challenge
Del Huber, Chairperson of The National Wheelchair Relay


For a detailed international itinerary and backgrounder or to make a donation, visit the 'Round the World Challenge Web site (www.roundtheworldchallenge.org).


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Further information:

Don Shalley
Director Fund Development
CPA Saskatchewan
306-584-0101, ext. 4
dshalley@canparaplegic.org

Janet Casselman
Communications Manager
‘Round the World Challenge
613-788-2703 (cellular: 613-261-4605)
jcasselman@minto.com