Kingsong in the Rick Hansen 25th anniversary Relay oct 28, 2011
On Friday, Oct 21, Kingsong was ecstatic telling us that he has been choosen as a Medal –Bearer for the nation-wide Rick hansen 25th Anniversary Realy. Soon after, he received an email from the Realy team
|Hi Jingxuan (Kingsong),Your participation as a Medal-Bearer in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay is just around the corner! The Medal is all shined up and waiting for your moment to carry it on this epic journey across Canada. The entire Relay team is excited to meet you and hear all about your story of making a difference; it is going to be a really special day!We just wanted to remind you of 5 very important details regarding your Relay day.
1. You must show up at the Meeting Point at the time and location below with valid photo ID:
2. From this Meeting Point our team will transport you in our Medal-Bearer shuttle to the location below where you will carry the Medal for your 250 metre relay segment at the time shown:
Starting Along: Centrepointe Dr
Your Medal-Bearer number is: MB066-050
4. Bring seasonal appropriate clothing to wear underneath your uniform. The uniform is made of lightweight material and as such if the weather is cold you will need to wear layers underneath. Unless previously arranged, your uniform will be provided at the Meeting Point. Additionally, you should also wear appropriate footwear keeping the weather in mind.
5. Tell your friends and family to come out and celebrate with you on your special day!
The Relay staff will guide you step by step through your participation; all you need to do is show up with a big smile on your face and ready to have some fun!
Here is some reading on what you can expect:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your participation as a Medal-Bearer please call our service centre at 1-855-RELAY-RH (735-2974)
Again, we look forward to meeting you and congratulations on being a Difference Maker in your community and your selection as a Medal-Bearer in the Relay.
The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay team
PS. If you haven’t already, you can connect with the Relay by ‘liking’ our Facebook page. Then go into our Facebook albums and tag yourself in the picture of the community you will be carrying the Rick Hansen Medal. This way you will be able to meet and stay in touch with other Medal-Bearers who will be participating on the same day you are, get updates and share photos!
On Oct 28, Kingsong skipped one day of school to take part in the event. His started at Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School where he was greeted by the students and teachers. He was dressed in the Rick Hansen Uniform, with a yellow windbreaker, blue track pants and a blue tuque.
Around 2:00, the previous medal bearer, Sean, had arrived at Sir Guy Carleton. He was too excited and ran past Kingsong. The escorts reminded him to come back, where he passed the medal on to Kingsong. An employee brought Sean and Kingsong to the center of the group and gave a brief introduction to the Rick Hansen Relay. He described its goal of empowering difference-makers and how Sean and Kingsong were difference-makers. He mistakenly said that Kingsong was from Sir Guy Carleton. Then, they took a photograph with the entire school. The principal announced that it was time for students to go back to class, and everyone complained.
At this point, Kingsong’s route started. He followed the Rick Hansen truck and ran next to the announcer. Following him was a police biker and police car. It was an empty street, except for one reporter from CTV and me.
At the end of his 250-meter run, Kingsong passed the medal to the next bearer and said goodbye to everyone.
As we were turning to leave, a CTV reporter chased us down and asked for an interview. Kingsong readily accepted and spoke like a big person. You can view part of the interview here.
Kingsong was still excited after going back home and monitored the CTV News. We all witnessed that little guy speaking on the screen for a few seconds.
Below is the application Kingsong submitted back to June 13 for taking part in the Relay. Kingsong said it was a long waiting.
|Rick Hansen’s continuing journey to accelerate progress for a more healthy and inclusive world shows that together we have the power to make a difference. The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay is an invitation to Canadians to join Rick on his journey and your story is a big part of it. Tell us how with determination, courage, leadership or teamwork you have made a difference in your community.
As a recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence for 2011, I am continually striving to improve my cadet youth program and the community at large. I have encouraged many cadets and friends to take the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program, where participants must perform community service, a skill, an outdoor adventure and physical activity. Through my involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh Program, I learned of the Healthy Children Healthy Spaces Conference. I successfully applied as a youth delegate, where I gave input on my perspective on initiatives targeting child inactivity. After the conference, I wanted to continue the movement in encouraging physical activity. I helped create the Ottawa branch of Natural Leaders: an international movement to empower youth in engaging their communities in outdoor play. The journey I have taken has truly inspired me to make a bigger difference in my community. Mr. Hansen’s personal story has also inspired me and it would be an honour to be a part of his relay.