Today is the beginning of our fundraising campaign for the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. 36 years ago, a 19 year old young man from British Columbia, suffering from cancer had one of his legs amputated. During his recovery he thought up a plan….a plan to help those like him not to have to suffer the pain and illness he experienced during his treatments for cancer. His plan became the Marathon of Hope. He figured that if everyone in Canada would donate one dollar, he would have a tidy sum of money to contribute towards cancer research and that maybe one day, there might be a cure. Here we are ….36 years later...no complete cure yet...but certainly Terry would be very proud of the advances in cancer research. There are better medicines, better diagnostic equipment, better treatments, more knowledge and scientists worldwide are still coming up with better research. The Terry Fox Foundation contributes greatly to the advancement of this research. 84 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to research! So far, 675 million dollars has been raised in Terry’s name.
Students of St. Pat’s will be given a pledge sheet from their HB teacher. Those pledges help Terry’s dream stay alive. St. Patrick’s Intermediate has been successful in collecting over $5000 every year for the last 5 years. We know that you are able to match that challenge! We are not expecting you to go door to door, but you have many ways of collecting money. Set up an online pledge sheet terryfox.org and link it with your facebook page. Ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbours….We all know of someone who has been touched by this horrible disease.
St. Patrick’s Intermediate has collected just over $51,000 over 12 years. The Foundation is challenging us on this 36th Anniversary to beat our all time high of $7,380. That is quite the challenge!
But we have some incentives…..for every $25 collected, you will be able to throw a wet sponge at a teacher!
As a class, if you collect the most money (per student) , then your class wins a pizza party! And of course the highest individual student pledge contribution will be recognized with a prize.
So come on St. Pat’s, show your Shamrock pride and let’s meet the challenge for the Marathon of Hope!