Local Terry Fox Run teams up with schools
The Innisfail Terry Fox committee is partnering up with local schools this year and moving the run day to Sept. 14.
Bill Hoppins, the committee chair, said this year’s Terry Fox theme is supposed to be working together to outrun cancer. That theme is manifesting itself in Innisfail with the school partnership, instead of running two different events.
“We’re picking up on that theme to have one community, one event,” Hoppins said.
Instead of the usual Sunday run, this year’s is on a Friday. It will be hosted at the École Innisfail Middle School on Sept. 14, with registration starting at 12:30 p.m. and the run beginning at 1 p.m.
“We’re also connecting with the next generation so Terry’s legacy won’t be lost,” Hoppins said. He estimated the schools often have 500-1,000 participants in the annual run, while the committee’s Sunday run saw participants dwindle even while donations remained steadily around the $10,000 mark.
Scotiabank is helping out the fundraising efforts by committing to matching the first $5,000 raised in pledges at the bank, Hoppins said. People who wish to get their donations doubled need to submit the pledge at the bank, Hoppins said.
The local Rotary Club has decided to match the first $1,000 that Rotarians contribute as well, he said. Others are welcome to collect pledges on their own as well.
Hoppins said during the registration nights of Sept. 4 and 5 at the Innisfail Arena, there will be a barbecue that will collect donations for the Terry Fox Run.
Committee members Nicole Blair and Stephanie Lessuer will be canvassing businesses to put up posters and collect pledges.
There is no entry fee or minimum donation to participate in the run itself. The Terry Fox Run helps raise funds each year for cancer research.
To volunteer or to get more information, contact Hoppins at 403-396-7354.