WINNIPEG – SEPT. 23rd, 2018 – This year marks the third annual Torch of Dignity Relay put on by Manitobans for Human Rights. Past relays have seen the participation of politicians’, community leaders, volunteers’, and human rights activists’ participation, and this year is promised to be even better and better! The goal of this year’s event committee was to sign up 100 organizations from across Manitoba to sponsor runners and show their own organization’s commitment to promoting dignity for all people.
The group of participants reflects the Torch of Dignity Relay’s and Manitobans for Human Right’s commitment to promote human rights, acceptance, inclusion, diversity, equality, and fairness, all whilst showing all the pride and love for our great province that it deserves.
The Torch of Dignity relay first came into being in 2016, as part of an International effort to bring human rights learning as a way of life to many countries. This was done to coincide with the Sumer Olympics in Rio de Janerio. Through this run we pass the torch from one neighbour to the next here in Winnipeg in a sign of solidarity and cooperation and in keeping with maintaining the International context of our work.
Opening ceremonies will commence at 9:00 am at 460 Bedson Park and will end at Scotia bank Stage, emceed by local personalities at The Forks, Scotia stage. Paralympian Colin Mathieson is the keynote speaker for this year’s relay and will be accompanied by a number of local dignitaries who share the same passion for human rights.
Relay participants and the public will greet the torch of dignity at the main stage to kick-off a completely free and fun family day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year’s event will feature entertainment from the incredible Staggering Haggards, Mother Groove, and Joalby. Tables and booths will be set up at the event with family activities and to promote community resources. There will even be some of your favorite mascots attending and giving out high-fives!
Make sure to bring your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours out to what is sure to be an exciting and inspirational day!
Manitobans for Human Rights Office (204) 783-8374