Terry Fox flag flies in Minden
|By Sue Tiffin - Staff Writer | September 18, 2015|
It's a first for Minden Hills.
On Sept. 14, the organizers of Minden's annual Terry Fox Run were joined by council members to hoist the Terry Fox Run flag at the municipal building for the first time in the history of the local event.
This year marks the town's 22nd annual run, and lead organizer Diane Peacock said she was thrilled to finally raise the flag. Peacock, who has organized the run for nine years, said she hadn’t been granted permission from the township in the past to raise the flag, but wanted to do so like other communities.
“It’s a symbol,” she said. “There are other towns that have done it, and I haven’t been able to do it. To have this council show their support, it’s so wonderful.”
When Peacock attended a council meeting this month, she expressed her appreciation for their support and also encouraged them to enter a team into the run.
Participants in Minden have raised just over $232,000 for cancer research since the run’s launch in the area, a feat Peacock said is appreciated by the Terry Fox Foundation whenever she sends a cheque.
“Every time, the foundation office, every time I send in a total for them, they can’t believe it,” she said. “Terry asked for a dollar from every Canadian, and we’re raising $10 or $20 from every person in town.”
The Minden Terry Fox Run takes place on Sept. 20.
SUE TIFFIN is a reporter for The Highlander.