BROOKFIELD – Organizers of the annual Brookfield and area Terry Fox Run are
off to a good start in preparation for next weekend’s event.
Judy Matheson, an organizer of the annual Brookfield run that will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, told the Truro Daily News on Friday that an estimated $10,000 has already been raised for the initiative thanks to a number of community fundraisers since June.
However, she wants residents to continue their efforts. More than 200 people attended the run last year and Matheson hopes to see at least 300 participants this time. She would also “like to hit” the $30,000 fundraising mark; last year the community raised more than $26,400.
“Research is the answer … (and) this is dear to the hearts of a lot of people. Everybody has been affected,” said Matheson about the event that raises money for cancer research.
The success of past Brookfield Terry Fox runs, which have taken place since 1981, speaks volumes said Matheson. The high attendance and fundraising efforts are “a living testimony that research does work.”
This year’s event will feature a walk at the top of Carter Road, up to Carter Falls and around the loop and back. Participants can go as far as they are capable, up to 10 km, beginning at 1 p.m., rain or shine.
There will be assistance for seniors and those with mobility issues. In addition, there will be many survivors participating and 50 memorials will be posted around the route as wee as a dedication board.
After the walk/run, there will be a free barbecue, scavenger hunt, entertainment and children’s activities in Creelman Park from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
For more information or to request a pledge sheet, email email@example.com Pledge sheets can also be picked up at businesses in Brookfield, Hilden and Middle Stewiacke. Some may be coming to the Truro area as well. Logging onto www.terryfox.org/run will also offer pledge sheets and sign up opportunities.
Meanwhile, another community that traditionally hosts a run doesn’t have one scheduled. The Truro Terry Fox run doesn’t have an organizer or organizing committee, said Barbara Fickes, provincial director of the Terry Fox Foundation.
“It’s not too late. It doesn’t need to be a lengthy process,” Fickes added.
If anyone wants to help the initiative, call the foundation at 1-888-836-9786.