Warren's World - A March of Dimes Advocacy Project
It began with a concert in north Toronto that brought the Rolling Stones to town to headline a relief effort during the outbreak of SARS. Our contribution was to advance the cause of inclusion and accessibility.

In 2003, during the Toronto Rocks SARS concert at Downsview Park, the March of Dimes Government Relations department in partnership wit 4NPC.com and Molson organized and hosted the world's biggest Accessibility Section at an outdoor music event-- aptly titled Accessibility Rocks! More than 3,000 fans with disabilities and their caregivers enjoyed this international event in a safe and secure environment.

A movement was born.

Accessibility Rocks has evolved into an advocacy feature of March of Dimes Canada. The Advocate, on online magazine on Government Affairs, was launched in December 2005 as a precursor to, and announcement of, our newest initiative, Warren's World (a continuing feature of Accessibility Rocks).

Warren's World, a March of Dimes advocacy project, features the passion and drive of 23-year old Warren Rupnarain, who uses a motorized wheelchair as a result of Cerebral Palsy. Warren's World originally tested the waters of accessibility during the 2006 federal election by visiting every election campaign office in Toronto (that's 66 offices and meetings with candidates in fewer than 3 weeks!). The initiative received media attention locally, nationally and internationally (radio, television, newspaper and internet coverage). The daily experiences of the Crew were recorded and reported on at the official website, www.warrrensworld.ca <http://www.warrrensworld.ca> (which is an extension of the March of Dimes, www.dimes.on.ca <http://www.dimes.on.ca>). The site, developed by 4NPC.com, featured never-used-before integration of multimedia technology, including blogs, podcasts, digital video, exclusive online coverage and online voting.

Warren's World has been made possible through the creativity and generosity of Liberty Motors, HBC, Centennial College, Nikon Canada, Ryerson University - and Direct Hit Promotions, who created and designed custom-made Warren's World jackets, which were conceived and personally delivered by our Global Sultan of Swag himself, Bob Burrows.

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Warren brings joy to the Ryerson Rams Firgure Skating Team, but the Team members bring joy to Warren's World.
From commerce and fashion to journalism and social work, Warren's World attacts the loveliest fans.
Student fans on campus recognizing Warren.
Warren working out logistics with Rams figure skaters for their participation in the Beaches Easter Parade.
Two of Toronto's Finest get a Thumbs Up from Warren.
Publicist extraordinaire, Suelan Toye of Ryerson University, chatting up the Warren's World crew.
You're the greatest, Councillor Kyle Rae.
Journalist Sarah Boesveld wrapping up an interview with Warren on campus.
Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy -- one of the coolest guys around.
A CTV News technician recognizes Warren from his appearance on Canada AM.
Warren's first "furry" Thumbs Up from Ryerson mascot, Eggy the Ram
Warren's World Celebrates Ryerson University Ice Rink Re-opening
A Winter Carnival with the Stars

On Thursday March 2, 2006, the Warren's World team made as special appearance at the Re-opening ceremony of Ryerson University's ice rink at Lake Devo.

Among the special guests in attendance were Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy, Toronto Councillor Kyle Rae, the Ryerson Rams Women's Figure Skating Team, members of the Toronto Police Service - and Eggy, Ryerson's official mascot.

"Today was particularly special, as the Ryerson Rams Figure Skating Team will be joining Warren's World at the Beaches Easter Parade on Easter Sunday," said an elated Warren Rupnarain. "The harmony of Warren's World and the Ryerson Figure Skaters is like poetry in motion."

As a result of the Warren's World promotional presence on the Ryerson campus, more than 200 additional people visited the website and voted for a National Disability Act.

"Warren's my man," an enthusiastic Sheldon Levy proclaimed. "This is great work that March of Dimes is doing."

All photos by Neil Prime-Coote 4npc
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