Putting their heads together for 2012 – The organizing committee for Drayton’s Terry Fox Run met recently to plan this year’s event, scheduled for Sept.16. From left: Dale Franklin, Theresa Scholten, Louise Ellis and Henni Klaassen. Absent: Kristyn Franklin and Linda Dickieson. Drayton’s run is ranked among the top in Ontario for revenue per capita and per participant. Last year’s run generated $27,000 for cancer research. Contributed photo
Drayton's Terry Fox Run secheduled for Sept. 16
by Sue Hogenkamp
Another year, another run; but, this isn’t just any run, and Drayton isn’t just any town. Drayton’s Terry Fox Run consistently ranks among the top runs in Ontario for revenue per capita, and came second in the province for revenue per participant last year, while netting a remarkable $27,000 for cancer research.
In fact, run organizer Louise Ellis was all smiles when she announced that over $333,000 has been raised for the cause since it became an annual event in 1994.
Ellis recently met with her planning committee members to organize yet another exciting venue for Sept. 16. She is quick to point out that this is not just a run.
“Participants can walk, ride a bike, roller blade, bring their pets, friends, families, join a team, or just come out and have some fun. Of course, donations are always most welcome,” she said.
The run commences at the old arena at the fairgrounds, with registration, lunch and a myriad of activities for all ages, including live entertainment, beginning at noon until 1:25pm. The grand kickoff for the run will be at 1:30pm. Entrants can choose from a well-marked 10km route through the country, or a 2km mini route through town.
Road signs and posters will soon be visible throughout the villages of Drayton and Moorefield, with pledge sheets distributed for pick up from several businesses. Pledge sheets can also be downloaded online by going to www.terryfox.org. The 2012 Terry Fox t-shirt will only be available for viewing and purchase at this website, for those who wish to participate in style.
Businesses and organizations wishing to make a corporate donation can contact Ellis at 638-2120. Those donating $100 or more will be included in a thank you list printed in the Community News following the run.
New this year will be the official Terry Fox Run Kickoff Party, to be held Aug. 17 on the patio at the Drayton Chophouse, from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m., weather permitting. Everyone is invited to attend this live music night featuring local bands and artists. Watch for more details to be announced in the Community News prior to the event.
Watch also for Ellis’ homemade peach signs announcing the run as you enter the village. Ellis has received many humourous comments regarding her crafty efforts, and welcomes the input.
One has only to look at the dedicated members of Ellis’ planning committee to realize how vital it is to continue to raise funds for cancer research, since four out of seven are cancer survivors. Officials state it is more important than ever before to support lifesaving cancer research and Drayton has proven to be a champion for the cause.
August 3, 2012