Organizers gearing up for Terry Fox Run

With the annual Terry Fox Run coming up Sunday, Sept. 18, the executive director of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau is close to being ready for the event.
“Everything’s in place. We’re ready to go. It’s just got to happen,” Denise Audette said this morning.
“We just need a nice day. And if we don’t get a nice day, we still walk,” she laughed.
Still, Audette said more volunteers are welcome to help out with the event, as are sponsors for a barbecue afterwards for all the participants and volunteers involved.
This year’s run will begin at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (located in the old CN station) at 2 p.m. sharp. The route will follow Fourth Street West to Central Avenue, then up Second Street East to Victoria Avenue.
From there, it turns south to the La Verendrye Parkway (Front Street) and out to the overpass near Pither’s Point. Then it’s back to the Volunteer Bureau for the barbecue.
The total distance is 10 km.
For those who want to participate, but haven’t picked up a pledge sheet yet, you still can do so at the Volunteer Bureau, Pharmasave, Can-Op, Witherspoon’s One Stop, and Canadian Tire.
Audette said she knows participants are out in the community working hard to collect pledges for the fundraiser.
“I know that Marj Katerick always matches the year,” she remarked. “So this year, she’ll be hoping to get $2,005. And that’s huge.
“People are really energetic this year, and are wanting to get out and do this,” Audette added. “I’m really hoping for $15,000. I think last year they went just over $9,000.”
Several teams will be participating in this year’s Terry Fox Run here. Energy Fitness, Curves, Herbal Magic, the United Native Friendship Centre, UNFC Li’l Eagles, and Rainycrest Home for the Aged already have registered, with other teams expected to sign up in the next week or so.
As in previous years, Terry Fox Runs also will be held at Fort Frances High School and elementary schools across the district, Audette noted.
And local resident Ed Katona once again will be collecting pledges and biking to Thunder Bay on the weekend of the Terry Fox Run, with the money he raises being added to the total.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t want to pledge a local participant, you also can make a pledge directly to the Terry Fox Foundation online by going to www.terryfoxrun.org
In related news, the local Volunteer Bureau and Pharmasave also are selling Terry Fox memorabilia, such as sweatshirts and books. All proceeds from these sales go to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.
Unfortunately, the Terry Fox Foundation has sold-out all of its T-shirts this year, Audette said, probably because it is the 25th anniversary of Fox’s historic endeavour.
While the Volunteer Bureau here is on a waiting list to get more T-shirts before Sept. 18, a lot of other groups also are on it and so Audette isn’t holding her breath.
If you want to volunteer the day of the run, sponsor the post-run barbecue, or have any other questions, drop by the Volunteer Bureau on Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or call Audette at 274-9555.

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