MEDIA ADVISORY

17 September 2001

Rehabilitation Centre part of 'Round the World Challenge
Winnipeg visit September 18-19

The 18-country 'Round the World Challenge in support of spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation arrives in Winnipeg on Tuesday, September 18, 2001. Highlights of the stopover include an official welcome by the Province, the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Health Sciences Centre and the Canadian Paraplegic Association. Mike Nemesvary, a 40-year-old former World Cup freestyle skiing champion and movie stuntman, who is paralysed from the chest down, is well on his way to becoming the first quadriplegic to drive around the world unassisted.


NOTE: Media interviews are now being booked.


Tuesday, September 18, 2001

WHAT: Mike Nemesvary and the 'Round the World Challenge' Team officially welcomed to Winnipeg by the Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities, the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Health Sciences Centre, and the Canadian Paraplegic Association. Press conference and video presentation followed by reception.

WHERE: Rehabilitation Hospital of the Health Sciences Centre
800 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg, Manitoba

WHEN: 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2001

WHO: Mike Nemesvary, 'Round the World Challenge
The Honourable Tim Sale, Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities/
Minister of Family Services and Housing
Mr. John Horne, Chief Operating Officer, Health Sciences Centre
Audrey McIlraith, Executive Director, CPA (Manitoba) Inc.

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:

Audrey McIlraith
Executive Director
CPA (Manitoba) Inc.
204-786-4753
amcilraith@canparaplegic.org

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