Run day or­ga­nizer needed for Terry Fox Run in Swift Cur­rent

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The Terry Fox Foun­da­tion is search­ing for an in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing as the lo­cal or­ga­nizer for Swift Cur­rent’s Terry Fox Run on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16.

The un­avail­abil­ity of the cur­rent or­ga­nizer on run day has prompted the pro­vin­cial Terry Fox Foun­da­tion to put out a call for an in­ter­ested in­di­vid­ual or in­di­vid­u­als to take over the fi­nal de­tails of host­ing the run.

“We don’t want to see Terry’s le­gacy lose its way there,” ex­plained Al­li­son Doan from the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion. “And we don’t want to lose our pres­ence there be­cause Terry Fox is im­por­tant to ev­ery­body. Can­cer touches ev­ery­body. So we want all com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince to be in­volved as much as pos­si­ble. So we re­ally hope that the char­i­ta­ble le­gacy that has oc­curred in Swift Cur­rent will con­tinue, and some­body will step up and take this.”

With Swift Cur­rent hav­ing hosted 36 events dur­ing the 38 year his­tory of the Terry Fox Run, there is an es­tab­lished group of par­tic­i­pants, vol­un­teers, and sup­port­ers in­volved in the an­nual host­ing of this fundraiser.

“There is an or­ga­nizer, but she has had some­thing come up last minute where she can’t be avail­able the day of the run. And her sup­port has sud­denly moved away, so she’s left a lit­tle stranded,” Doan ex­plained. “So we’re try­ing to find a way to make sure that, in con­junc­tion with her, we can still en­sure that the run goes for­ward.”

The run day or­ga­nizer will take over in or­der to tie up any loose ends which have not been com­pleted, en­sure that ev­ery­thing is pre­pared for the run site, find vol­un­teers for reg­is­tra­tion, and pro­mote the run in the days lead­ing up to Septem­ber 16. Over the past few years, the Terry Fox Run has fol­lowed a 10 kilo­me­tre route along the Chi­nook Path­way, and par­tic­i­pants have ran, walked or cy­cled along the route.

“For­tu­nately the Run Or­ga­nizer will not have to do nearly the same level of work as what they nor­mally do,” Doan ex­plained.

Event sup­plies are al­ready in the hands of the cur­rent or­ga­nizer, and she will as­sist her re­place­ment with any guid­ance they may need. The pro­vin­cial of­fice is also avail­able for ad­di­tional sup­port, as­sist­ing with any ques­tions and other help which might be needed.

This vol­un­teer would help en­sure the con­tin­ued le­gacy of the event in Swift Cur­rent, which has hosted a Terry Fox Run dur­ing 36 of the 38 years the na­tional run has been hosted.

“It has a long, long his­tory in the com­mu­nity. And the com­mu­nity has raised an in­cred­i­ble amount of money. Of course the funds are very ben­e­fi­cial, go­ing to­wards can­cer re­search, they are very im­por­tant to us.”

In­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als are en­cour­aged to con­tact the Saskatchewan of­fice of the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion at 306757-1662, by email at sk@ter­ry­foxrun.org, or through any of the links avail­able at www. ter­ry­fox.org/con­tact-us/.

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