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Tibet’s Race for Rights heads for Victoria finish line

August 22, 2008

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Tibet’s Race for Rights heads for Victoria finish line
(Montreal, Friday, 22 August 2008) –Former Team Canada member and Pan American medallist David Kay’s Race for Rights journey will reach the finish line of his cross-Canada journey to raise awareness of China’s human rights record on Sunday, August 24th at 4:00 PM at the Mile Zero marker in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.
Event:    Race for Rights Media Availability
Date:     Sunday, 24 August 2008
Time:     4:00 PM
Place:  Mile Zero marker, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria
Kay, a former resident of Victoria and graduate of the University of Victoria, began his bike ride on Sunday, July 13th at the Mile Zero marker in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador. Following the ceremony at Mile Zero, supporters are invited to join David at the James Bay Inn.
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 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:
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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