Run organizer sought for first official Qualicum Beach Terry Fox Run

Foundation putting out call in hopes 37th annual run could be QB’s first

The Terry Fox Foundation is hoping to start of an official Terry Fox Run in Qualicum Beach this year, which it says would be the first official public Terry Fox Run in the community ever. — File Photo

The Terry Fox Foundation is hoping to stir interest for an official run in Qualicum Beach.

According to the foundation, there has never been a formal Terry Fox Run, associated with the foundation, in the community. It is hoping to change that by putting a call out for a run organizer.

The organizer’s responsibilities would include recruiting committee members, confirming a route, promoting the run and overseeing run day activities, the foundation said in a press release.

“The time commitment ranges from two hours to four hours weekly during the months leading up to the National Run Day, which is on Sunday, September 17 this year,” it read. “Whether as a couple or an individual, the volunteer run organizer will always be asissted by the Terry Fox Foundation in the planning process, and given resources to make it a success.”

Wesley Wen, team recruitment and promotions assistant with the foundation, said, “We have never had a formal community-based Terry Fox Run hosted in Qualicum Beach in the past. The nearest Terry Fox Run is held in Parksville,” though he noted there is strong participation at SD 69 (Qualicum) schools.

The run would allow people to run, walk or cycle in honour of Terry Fox and to raise funds for cancer research. Eighty-four cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research initiatives, according to the foundation.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the foundation is hoping to make the 37th annual Terry Fox Run the biggest yet.

To volunteer or to get more information, contact Donna White, provincial director with the foundation at 1-888-836-9786 or by email at donna.white@terryfoxrun.org.

— Submitted by the Terry Fox Foundation