For Immediate Release
Race for Rights St. John’s launch
(Montreal, Monday, 7 July 2008) –The Canada Tibet Committee invites you to join former Team Canada member and Pan American medallist David Kay at the St. John’s Mile Zero marker (in front of City Hall) of the Trans-Canada highway for the launch of Race for Rights on Sunday, July 13th at 9:00 AM when David sets out on a 7,700 km, 42 day journey across Canada to the Mile Zero marker in Victoria, B.C.
Race for Rights is a cross-Canada bike tour to raise public awareness of China’s human rights record in the days leading through the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Race for Rights video can be viewed at www.tibet.ca/en/campaigns/advocacy/beijing_olympics. Please note: a broadcast quality version of the video is available from the Canada Tibet Committee.
In addition to St. John’s, David's route will take him to Port Blanchford, Grand-Falls Windsor, Corner Brook and Port-Aux Basques before he heads to Nova Scotia.
To help support the advancement of human rights in Tibet and China, David’s journey, and Race for Rights visit: www.tibet.ca/raceforrights
While in Newfoundland & Labrador, David will be riding in the memory of an unidentified Tibetan girl reportedly shot dead by China’s People's Armed Police (PAP) outside the southern gate of the Tsuklakhang temple, in Lhasa, at about 12:00 noon somewhere around May 20 (source Tibet Custom, UK).
David Kay is an avid cyclist and accomplished rower with a strong record in championing social and environmental justice. David has won medals in rowing at several international competitions as a member of Team Canada. In 2000, he made a round-trip cycle tour from Canada to Guatemala. At home in Kingston, David sits on various committees including the OPIRG Board of Directors and the Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum. David is also an Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play.
The Canada Tibet Committee is an independent non-governmental organisation of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, who are concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.
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