FHS Terry Fox Run has biggest turnout to date 0
Grade 10 Fellowes High School athletics council members Zoe Johnston, left, and Abby MacDonald hold the lead banner as students get queued up to head out for the annual Terry Fox Run.
The students at Fellowes High School hit the road recently, and collectively raised more than $4,000 for cancer research at the school’s annual Terry Fox Run.
Organizing teacher Jennifer Schooley was thrilled with the results of the run.
“I feel great,” she said. “I’m beside myself that we had such great participation. We don’t often do big things as a school because we’re such a big school that it’s hard to get kids involved and pumped up, so to see the kids all lined up along the streets and having cars honking and people holding signs was just amazing.”
This year marked the first time that the school made it an event involving the entire student body, including teachers and even educational assistants helping out students with special needs along the way, and estimates are that there were more than 800 participants in the run.
By far the most enthusiastic fundraisers were found in Dawn Byers’s Grade 10 academic science class, who raised a little more than $1,000 between the 28 class members.
Although she is happy with the money raised, Schooley sees big things in the future of the run at Fellowes.
“The money’s great, but we know that it’ll just get bigger and better every year.”
Since it was first held in 1981, the Terry Fox Run has raised roughly $500 million worldwide for cancer research, and is held in many countries including Australia, Cuba, Portugal, Syria and Zimbabwe.
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