After 13 years as chair of the organizing committee, and 20 years as a volunteer, Diane Peacock will step down from the Terry Fox run in Minden following Sunday’s event.
“It’s bittersweet but it’s time to move on,” Peacock said following the Terry Fox flag-raising at the Township of Minden Hills Sept. 9.
“Hopefully there’ll be somebody step forward and continue the great tradition of what Minden does for the Terry Fox Foundation,” Peacock added.
The event is expected to pass the $300,000 fundraising mark this year. In fact, Peacock said her family has set a personal goal of raising the $1,900 needed to surpass the milestone.
Looking back, she said her personal highlight was having Terry’s brother, Fred Fox, visit the community in 2018.
Peacock said another reason she is stepping down is changes at the foundation that she doesn’t necessarily agree with. She said she will likely take a couple of years off but the cause will remain true to her heart.
“I lost a cousin who is 11 months older than I am this year to cancer, very quickly and it’s made me realize my family’s important. But we have a team, in memory of a friend who was a national lacrosse member, we’ll keep that up but not be involved as deeply.”
The committee raised the Terry Fox flag this past Monday, Sept. 9 at the Minden Hills township office. The annual run takes place on Sunday, Sept. 15 from the Minden HIlls Community Centre. Registration gets underway about 8:45 a.m., the opening ceremonies about 9:15 a.m. and the run about 9:30 a.m.