Race for Rights launches in St. John’s
(Montreal, Tuesday, 8 July 2008) – Former Team Canada member and Pan American medallist David Kay will be cycling across Canada this summer to encourage Canadians to reflect on the Olympic spirit and China's responsibility to improve human rights as the host of the Games.
The Canada Tibet Committee is launching Race for Rights, a 42-day, 7,700 km cross-Canada journey to raise awareness of China's human rights record on Sunday, July 13 at 9:00 am in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
"China made a commitment to improve its human rights record and it's highly questionable whether they've fulfilled that commitment," said Kay. "Race for Rights is meant to be as much a celebration as it is a demonstration. I'm hoping the attention my bike ride brings provides one more reason for China to uphold the commitment it made, commitments that contributed to its being awarded the Olympics in the first place."
Each provincial leg of David's journey will be dedicated to a Chinese human rights activist or victim of the recent Tibet uprising. In Newfoundland and 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).
Additionally, for each 50km cumulatively pledged to Race for Rights, a metre of the Trans Canada Trail will be named in honour of a victim of the Tibet uprising or a Chinese human rights reformer by the Canada Tibet Committee.
Supporters can be a part of David's journey by donating to Race for Rights or by joining David for a leg of the trip. David's journey can be tracked online at www.tibet.ca/raceforrights, where information is posted about China's human rights record and the Race for Rights video.
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 serves 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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