A ride down the Ziptrek ride in downtown Vancouver could raise $6,500 for a BC charity assisting people with disabilities
The last time he did anything with the Olympics it gained him international notoriety. His flag twirl at the 2006 Torino Winter Games captured the imagination of millions of people worldwide. Former Mayor Sam Sullivan may be out of politics now, but he hasn’t lost his sense of charity and adventure. What else could explain why he’s decided to climb the new Ziptrek tower installed at Robson Square for the Olympics and slide down to street level.
CityCaucus.com has learned that Sullivan is in discussions with Ziptrek Ecotours to determine how they can get a quadriplegic to participate in their unique ride. The event is being organized to support the BCMOS Wilderness Access Program. Sullivan hopes to raise $6,500 in pledges to purchase a new Trailrider, which he will then use in his Ziptrek ride. After the event, Sullivan plans to donate the Trailrider so it is available to other people with disabilities seeking access to BC's back country.
The Trailrider is a one-wheeled all-terrain wheelchair (a cross between a rickshaw and a wheel barrow) which assists people with disabilities to reach otherwise inaccessible places. Sullivan and Paul Cermack of the Tetra society co-invented the Trailrider in 1995. In 2007, Sullivan used the Trailrider to climb the Rocky Mountains. Several other people with disabilities have used it to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and reach the base of Mount Everest.
“I heard they were setting up a Ziptrek adventure in the heart of Vancouver only a few blocks from my home,” says Sullivan. “I’ve been known to take a few risks in my day, so I thought zipping down at dizzying speeds on a rope over Robson Square might just be a bit of fun. Especially if it ends up helping other disabled people in BC.”
Sullivan will also be using the Trailrider as he carries the 2010 Olympic Torch on Feb 12th. He will be aided by expert Sherpas Alex Blodgett and Bob Faulkner, both of whom previously helped Sullivan climb several BC mountains.
If you would like to donate to help Sullivan meet his target, contact BCMOS by clicking here.
He may not be handing over the flag to the Mayor of Sochi, Russia, but it looks like Citizen Sam has found out that life after politics can actually be a lot more fun. And a bit more charitable too!