Thursday, May 28, 2014
Running Down Disease
Terry Fox Foundation needs September Run Organizer
Submitted by Colleen Groenland, TFF/ VVoice file photo
Rollie Fox, leads the Chilliwack warm-up with organizer Margaret Kostrzewa in 2012.
his year’s National Terry Fox Run Day takes place on Sunday, September 14, 2014. However, Chilliwack does not currently have a Run Organizer.
"We're looking to recruit a new volunteer Run Organizer and help us build on the $650 million already raised for cancer research worldwide, in Terry’s name," said Fox Foundation spokesperson Colleen Groenland said in an e-mail to the Voice on Wednesday.
The Terry Fox Foundation differs from other non-profit organizations in that 84 cents of every dollar raised is donated directly to cancer research.
"Finding a new volunteer Run Organizer is crucial as total community involvement is needed to maintain the high level of donations we raise for cancer research initiatives," added Groenland.
To learn more about this volunteer opportunity of a lifetime, e-mail here.
Thursday, May 28, 2014
Help Outrun Cancer in Your Community, Organize the Terry Fox Run in Chilliwack
CHILLIWACK, BC - “I'm not a dreamer, and I'm not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to,” the words spoken by a true Canadian hero.
Terry Fox had a single dream: a world without cancer. He sought to reach out to every corner of Canada, and beyond, when he embarked on his Marathon of Hope. Terry Fox ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days straight on one leg, to raise awareness for the need for research funding.
When his own cancer spread, he was forced to stop running. The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning. This year marks the 34th annual Terry Fox Run and Chilliwack is seeking a motivated, compassionate volunteer Run Organizer to bring Terry’s legacy to their community.
The Terry Fox Run has taken place in Chilliwack since 1986 and has a long standing tradition in the community. The Run is an opportunity for people of a variety of backgrounds and ages to come together and contribute to the $650 million already raised for cancer research worldwide, in Terry’s name.
Participants have the option to be recognized as a corporate team, individual participants, or even as a part of “Terry’s Team” of cancer survivors. Every participant is a special part of the cause, as living proof that cancer research saves lives.
“It would be such a shame for the people of Chilliwack to miss out on an opportunity to keep Terry’s legacy alive as every community no matter how big or small can make a huge impact, just as Terry learned when a small town of 10,000 people raised over $10,000”, says Donna White, Provincial Director for the Terry Fox Foundation British Columbia and Yukon.
By becoming a volunteer Run Organizer, you will be an integral part of carrying Terry’s torch and helping your community contribute to the $650 million already raised for cancer research worldwide, in Terry’s name.
The Runs are a non-competitive, all-inclusive, family oriented activity where participants can run, walk, blade or bike. The registration fee is by donation and there is no minimum pledge amount. Whether as a couple or individual, the Run Organizer will be assisted by the Terry Fox Foundation in the planning process, and given the resources to make it a success.
The volunteer Run Organizer will recruit committee members, confirm the route, promote the run and oversee run day activities. The time commitment ranges from two to four hours weekly during the months leading up to the National Run Day on Sunday, September 14th.
“If you’ve given a
dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope.” Terry taught us that
every contribution matters. We urge you to volunteer with a truly
grassroots organization and help us continue to work together to
For more information about The Terry Fox Foundation visit www.terryfox.org
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