A young girl from Qualicum Beach became quite interested in Terry Fox after learning about the Canadian icon at Arrowview Elementary last school year.
Inspired, the seven-year-old Emilie van den Hout has read a variety of books and watched documentaries. She also fostered a friendship with Terry’s brother, Darrell Fox.
The knowledge she has absorbed about Terry Fox’s life and journey motivated van den Hout to take the initiative to help raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation and its goal to find a cure for cancer.
Last month, Emilie took part in the virtual Mount Terry Fox Trek , an annual 18-kilometre round-trip hike in Valemount, B.C. But due to COVID-19, organizers were not able to hold the event and instead invited people to find a high trail in the province that might replicate the route options offered at Mount Terry Fox.
Emilie created a shareable link through her Terry Fox Foundation account and went out to ask family members and her parents’ friend to sponsor her virtual run. She trekked through Qualicum Beach and also jog-walked four kilometres. Her efforts raised $1,410 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
The Grade 2 student, according to her mom, Angie, was happy with how quickly she raised the money. Her successful endeavour has propelled her to strive even harder and raise more money for the Terry Fox School Run on Sept. 29.
For those wishing to support Emilie fundraising efforts for the Terry Fox Foundation, you can go to her fundraising page at http://www.terryfox.ca/EaglecrestEmmie