Terry Fox runs keep the memory alive
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | September 15, 2016
Dedicated volunteers and participants will ensure Terry Fox’s legacy lives on.
And as long as they continue to support the cause, the Haliburton Highlands will remain a major contributor to cancer research.
Minden will hit a quarter-of-a-million-dollars when it stages its 23rd annual Terry Fox Run this Sunday.
Minden’s 22 year fundraising total is $248,853.13. Last year, they raised $16,232.75 and about 200 participants are expected this year.
This year also marks a milestone for campaign chair Diane Peacock, who has been at the helm for a decade.
“It feels good,” she said during a flag raising on Monday at the Township of Minden Hills office.
It’s been a tough year for Peacock, whose mother died in April.
“I’ve had some rough days but then I stop and think a lot of people are having rougher days, going through cancer treatment. This is why I do it, to help find a cure in my lifetime. We’re getting close.”
Peacock said she does not plan to step down. She said she had a discussion with Terry Fox’s brother, Fred, last weekend and remains “committed to the Fox family.”
Volunteer Nancy Lowes was also on hand for the flag-raising. This is her 15th year volunteering at water station number five. It takes 60-70 volunteers to make this event happen.
Three Minden Hills councillors, Jeanne Anthon, Jean Neville and Ron Nesbitt, were also on hand wearing distinctive red Terry Fox T-shirts. They are all cancer survivors. They are members of Terry’s Team. “We have 27 Terry’s Team members here at our Minden site,” Peacock said.
Peacock said the 12-member Terry Fox committee relies on donations to put on the run.
“We have no budget for products for our barbecue and water stations. We have 11 businesses who donate products for the event. We have about 35 items for our silent auction this year. Big items are an autographed sweater from Matt Duchene and an autographed game stick from Cody Hodgson.”
In Haliburton, organizers are hoping to raise at least $5,000 on Sunday. The community has collected around $140,000 in the past 33 years.
“It was fun last year,” said organizer Jennifer Button, who took on the role for the first time in 2015.
There are participants who have been attending the event for 15 or more years, said Button.
“Some people just come out for the run and some remember seeing Terry run back in the day,” she said.
About 10 volunteers are involved, and OPP auxiliary officers will ensure the safety of runners and walkers along the route.
One of the aspects they will be focusing on is the kids’ run, which was introduced last year. It is a distance of one km around Head Lake Park. Local elementary school teacher Jennifer Chapman is organizing it.
“There’s a lot more effort being put into that, a lot more prizes for the kids ...” said Button.
It is open to children of all ages.
Other participants can go a distance of five or 10 kms. The kids’ run will start at 11:30 a.m. Everyone else will start at noon.
Button reminds people this is a non-competitive event.
“We want to see more people come out and realize how much fun we’re having,” she said.
“Everyone is friendly, just out to have a good time.”
Walkers, rollerbladers and cyclists are welcome.
Prizes, which have been donated by local businesses, will be up for grabs just for participating.
Minden’s run headquarters is the community centre. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the official start is around 9:30 a.m. Silent auction runs from 9 a.m. to noon.
Barbecue starts around 10 a.m. Anyone can come and bid on items from the silent auction. Anyone can come make a donation and they don’t have to do the run if they don’t want to. People can do any amount of the 10 km course.
In Haliburton, participants should arrive at the town dock by 11 a.m. to register. Pledge sheets are available at Haliburton Foodland and the Dysart library.
For more information about Terry Fox and the cause, visit terryfox.org.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.