Organizers already gearing up for Terry Fox Run

With the annual Terry Fox Run coming up next month, details concerning the fundraiser already are being worked out, said Vanessa Hebert, executive director of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.
She noted yesterday that there will be a change in the Marathon of Hope’s route. The event, which is slated Sunday, Sept. 19 this year, will start at the Volunteer Bureau (located in the old CN station). In previous years, it’s started in front of the Fort Frances Museum.
From there, participants will walk, run, jog, bike, and otherwise get themselves up Central Avenue and onto Second Street East, where they’ll go east to Victoria Avenue.
From there, they’ll move south to Front Street, where they’ll follow the La Verendrye Parkway to railway crossing at Pither’s Point. Those who got pledges to participate in the run will be treated to a free barbecue meal.
Hebert also said pledge forms for participants are available now at the Volunteer Bureau and various businesses around town.
And Terry Fox T-shirts are available now at the Volunteer Bureau and Triple T Books & Things on Scott Street. These cost $10 for the children’s size, $15 for adult sizes.
Sweatshirts will be on sale soon, she added, These will cost $35.
Volunteers also will occasionally have the shirts and pledge forms at Canada Safeway, Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire throughout the rest of this month.
She mentioned other plans prior to the “Marathon of Hope” include a fundraiser barbecue, like the one held last year, and possibly a “tag day” similar to those carried out by various groups.
Hebert also would like to promote fundraising challenges among local businesses, like the annual face-off between Pharmasave and the Clinic Dispensary.
 Hebert noted that as far as she knows, local resident Ed Katona also will be biking for the cause again this year, but hasn’t determined exactly where he’ll go.
While a good number of volunteers already have been lined up for the annual event, Hebert added she can always find something to do for another willing soul.
This year’s fundraising goal is $15,000, said Hebert. Last year’s Terry Fox Run here brought in about $10,000. The top pledge-getter was Marj Hull-Katerick with $2,003.
For more info on being a volunteer, getting pledge forms or Terry Fox merchandise, call Hebert at 274-9555 or drop by the Volunteer Bureau.