Terry Fox Run here raises $7,200

Duane Hicks

A blustery day couldn’t extinguish the flame of hope yesterday as 62 participants came out to take part in this year’s Terry Fox Run along the La Verendrye Parkway.
While organizers still are crunching the numbers, they estimate the annual fundraiser brought in about $7,200.
These numbers were up from last year, when 57 people raised $6,200.
Organizers Matt Soprovich of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau and Joey Payeur of the Fort Frances Times, who helped plan the event for a second-straight year, were pleased with the turnout and the money raised.
“We were very, very happy with the turnout considering the weather conditions were less than ideal,” Payeur said.
“To see that kind of support for such a great cause was absolutely heart-warming.”
The event was just another example of how Fort Frances bands together for worthy initiatives, Payeur added.
“Certainly, everyone could have been glum and moody being out there in chilly weather and everything,” he noted.
“But I saw lots of smiles, lots of laughter, lots of people enjoying themselves.
“It was great to see the age range of participants, right from young kids up to senior citizens,” added Payeur.
“So I think it was just a good, all-encompassing snapshot of Fort Frances’ heart as a community.”
The event started at the Sorting Gap Marina, with registration at 1 p.m. and the 5K walk/run at 2 p.m.
Participants, some with canine companions, made their way along the riverfront to the “loop” at the end of the road at Seven Oaks, where a water station was set up.
Then they made their way back to the Sorting Gap.
Those taking part had their names entered in a draw for a chance to win one of 40 prizes donated by local businesses.
Flint House also was on hand to sell a selection of lunch items to participants afterwards, with all proceeds going towards the local fundraising total.
On top of that, any Flint House staff who participated in yesterday’s run had their pledges matched by owner Duane Cridland.