For Immediate Release
Tibet’s Race for Rights heads for Vancouver
(Montreal, Thursday, 21 August 2008) –Former Team Canada member and Pan American medallist David Kay’s Race for Rights journey heads to Vancouver for a rally with local Tibetans and supporters on Saturday, 23 August at 2:00 PM outside the Chinese consulate at 3380 Granville St.
Event: Race for Rights Rally
Date: Saturday, 23 August 2008
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Chinese consulate, 3380 Granville St.
While crossing B.C., David will be riding for Gedchun Choekyi Nyima, the Panchen Lama, who has celebrated 13 birthdays under “house arrest”, since his abduction by Chinese authorities in 1995 at the age of six. Nyima’s whereabouts and those of his family are unknown. No international body has ever been given permission by the Chinese government to visit the family, despite repeated requests. The Panchen Lama is the second most important figure in Tibetan religion, culture and politics after the Dalai Lama.
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/raceforrights. Please note: a broadcast quality version of the video is available from the Canada Tibet Committee.
To help support the advancement of human rights in Tibet and China, David’s journey, and Race for Rights visit: www.tibet.ca/raceforrights
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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For more information or interviews with David Kay:
514.487.0665 / Cell: 514.927.3144
“Mankind is crying out for help. Ours is a desperate time.
Those who have something to offer should come forward. Now is the time.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama