Be Like Terry student volunteers Annika Eng and
Caitlin Mollison at Handsworth.
To say the annual Terry Fox Run at Handsworth
Secondary was a success would be an understatement.
A team of 25 enthusiastic Be Like Terry student
volunteers was busy in the weeks leading up to the charity run, responsible
for setting up the event from start to finish.
The students organized assemblies, promoted the run, and made sure the
event itself ran smoothly.
Fundraising was already in full swing by the
time the Terry Fox Run rolled around on Sept. 26.
Handsworth students and staff
took to the streets around the school, proudly supporting the Terry Fox
Foundation in its ongoing work to fund innovative and progressive cancer
under the passionate leadership of Ms. Therese O’Connor, the entire Handsworth
community – led by 25 student volunteers – engaged in a collective effort that
exemplified community-building, education and fundraising to contribute to
cancer research initiatives,” says Handsworth principal Rupi Samra-Gynane.
community raised $5,013.05, before BlueShore Financial matched those funds up to $4,000 to
bring the total Terry Fox Foundation donation to $9,013.05.
In four years, Handsworth alone has raised $16,432.65 for the foundation.
for the event has been an enriching experience for the students.
“I have known many people with cancer and hope
that one day cancer can be cured, so people and their families don't have to go
through the painful experience,” says Be Like Terry volunteer Caitlin Mollison,
a Grade 12 student.
“With that said, being a part of organizing the run for the
second year, I am greatly impressed with the way everyone came together.”Fellow senior Annika Eng says volunteering
with the Terry Fox Run last year inspired her to co-organize the run this
year. “I have witnessed first-hand what cancer can
do to lives, and knew this was an event I wanted to develop to new levels of
success – and I am proud to say we accomplished this,” says Annika.