Virtual Terry Fox Run needs organizers for 40th anniversary
By Sue Tiffin
The Terry Fox Run is going virtual across Canada this year, fulfilling Fox’s dream of the Marathon of Hope continuing despite his death in 1981 – but organizers are needed for the Minden and Haliburton community runs this year.
Minden’s Terry Fox Run has been held from 1994 to
2019 raising a total of $319,024, while Haliburton has had a Terry Fox
Run from 1981 to 2017, raising a total of $146,165 for The Terry Fox
Foundation and cancer research.
Kim Smith, Ontario community events coordinator, said she is actively looking for volunteers to act as organizers for the local events, which will be held virtually with participants taking part in any way they can, from wherever they can safely while respecting current physical distancing recommendations during the COVID-19 crisis.
“From now until September 20, we are in
constant communications with the organizers so that they can post,
email, text, fax, share, tweet and talk about the event and let their
communities know that the Terry Fox Run is virtual this year and that we
will still honour Terry and the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of
Hope,” Smith told the Times. “As there are fewer physical logistics, you
can spend as much time as you like at your computer sharing
information, engaging your supporters in the community and inviting new
supporters to join in.”
In total, 205 organizers are involved in promoting Terry Fox Runs across Ontario, while 650 communities across Canada are hosting the first-ever virtual Terry Fox Run this year.
response from our volunteers has been that they are united still, they
will honour Terry, we will remember him for his determination and
indomitable spirit, and they are raring to go in their communities to
share the news of the Virtual Terry Fox Run,” said Smith. “We are
stronger together, that’s for sure!”
Terry Fox Runs have taken place in hundreds of communities, thousands of schools and by millions of supporters across Canada for 40 years. The decision to host the annual event virtually due to the spread of the novel coronavirus was announced to volunteers April 30.
“In these uncertain times, the one certainty
we have is that cancer is not waiting for COVID-19 to be over,” reads a
May 15 press release from the Terry Fox Foundation. “This year,
Canadians will unite in spirit, not in person, for their own version of
the Run on September 20, 2020. ‘Terry Fox Run 2020. One Day. Your Way.’
Millions of Terry Foxers will continue to honour Terry, aided by new
technology that will enhance the virtual participation experience by
providing a way to “get fundraising, get inspired and get fit.”
Those interested in registering for the run can visit terryfox.org/run.