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Nov 04
Handsworth Terry Fox Run raises $9,000

IMG_8998.JPGBe 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 research programs.

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“Once again, 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.

The Handsworth 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.

Volunteering 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.

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