By Justin Seward
Bow Island’s St. Michael’s School is celebrating 25 years of funding this year for the Terry Fox Foundation.
The school could hit the $100,000 mark in 2020.
“I knew it was going to be high,” said Jill Weatherhead, the school’s Terry Fox Run coordinator.
When the rep had mentioned it was close to $100,000, I thought that’s impressive. That needs to be celebrated.”
The school’s goal for this year is $3,500.
“That would be approximately every student in our school raising $40,” she said.
“That of course goes nicely with the fact that the Terry Fox Foundation has been in effect since 1980. Forty years, $40, and if everyone can raise that, we’re going to break the $100,000 mark.”
Weatherhead says if the school can get to the $100,000 mark, it speaks to the generosity of the community of St. Michael’s School.
“Twenty-five years is a long time to be a part of something,” she said.
“We all recognize the value of cancer research. Everyone has been touched in some very sad ways by cancer. I think it speaks to the generosity of the school and commitment to the community.”
The Terry Fox Foundation has strongly encouraged online donating with the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.
“They have made it very easy to donate online,” said Weatherhead
“That’s what we’re going to do through our Facebook page. People can create their own student page and people can donate directly to them online.”
Deadline for donations is Sept. 30.
St. Michael’s School Terry Fox Run is on Oct. 1.
The students will stay in their class cohorts this year instead of the traditional community walk/ run with Senator Gershaw and Cherry Coulee Christian Academy this year.