DDSB Schools Participate in Terry Fox Events

Posted On Monday October 07, 2019
Students from Anderson CVI kick-off their annual Terry Fox Run on September 26th.

Anderson CVI and Terry Fox PS are just two of many Durham schools who hosted their own run in Terry Fox’s name.

On September 26th, Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute (CVI) staff and students gathered behind the Whitby school to honour a Canadian hero.

Students ran around the perimeter of the school with the Anderson Raiders flag proudly raised, and then returned to the back for a delicious BBQ and ice cream treats.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, so it’s really important for everyone to come together to help out,” says Madi Brabant, a Grade 11 student at Anderson CVI.

Sara Pakosta, Health and Physical Education Teacher at the school, says Anderson CVI has been hosting their own Terry Fox Run for approximately 15 years.

“He [Terry Fox] made such an impact that still resonates so many years later. The least we can do is remember him every year and give a little back to the people who are still suffering,” notes Pakosta.

The school has currently raised over $2300 through this year’s efforts, with donations still being counted. Pakosta says the money raised will go to the Terry Fox Foundation, to help achieve Terry’s vision of a world without cancer.

Terry Fox Public School Honours Their Namesake

The following day, students and staff at Terry Fox Public School in Ajax hosted their own Terry Fox Run at the school.

“It’s important that we understand the need for cancer research, and how we can make a difference in our community,” explains Diane Belsey, Teacher at Terry Fox PS.

Every year the staff at Terry Fox PS chooses a student to be the flag-bearer and lead the run. “We always choose a student who represents the qualities that Terry demonstrated: determination, perseverance, commitment, and courage,” says Belsey.

This year a Grade 8 student named Carmello was chosen. Carmello says Terry Fox’s story inspires him because, “if he can accomplish everything he did, then why can’t we? He motivates me to keep trying.”

The entire school, along with Carmello’s mother Jennifer, gathered behind the school to watch as he was announced as the 2019 Terry Fox PS flag-bearer. Carmello grinned brightly as his teacher Michael Allicock handed him the Terry Fox flag, and then he ran towards the field with the rest of the school following closely behind.

On the day of the run, the funds raised were already over $1000, with some additional donations still coming in. Like Anderson CVI, the money raised will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation.