MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 26, 2005- Twenty-nine schools from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) commemorated the 25th anniversary of Terry Fox’s inspirational Marathon of Hope on Friday, Sept. 16.
A special Terry Fox National School Run Day took place to raise funds for cancer research. This was part of the more than 10,000 runs that were held simultaneously in schools across the country, in which more than 3.3 million students participated. The EMSB schools that were involved in the event were: the Mackay Centre in N.D.G.; St. John Bosco in Ville Emard; Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Rosemount; St. Raphael and Our Lady of Pompei in Ahuntsic; Lester B. Pearson High School and Frederick Banting in Montreal North; Westmount Park and Roslyn School in Westmount; Carlyle and Dunrae Gardens in TMR; Cedarcrest, Holy Cross and Gardenview in St.Laurent; Dalkeith in Anjou; Edinburgh, Elizabeth Ballantyne School and Royal West Academy in Montreal West; Edward Murphy in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve; Hampstead; Merton and John Grant High School in Côte St. Luc; John Paul I Junior High School in St. Léonard; McLearon in Pointe Aux Trembles; Rosemount High School; Royal Vale in NDG; Sinclair Laird in Park Extension; and St. Dorothy in St. Michel.
Each school organized a fundraising activity to celebrate this milestone anniversary, for example:
Dunrae Gardens School in TMR had all of its students, teachers and parent volunteers walk to the nearby TMR Recreation Centre, where they participated in a series of activities for the Terry Fox Run. The event was organized by Yann Deville, the school’s phys. ed. teacher, and the Recreation Centre’s sports department. The students raised funds by collecting donations from friends and family.
Rosemount High School held a walkathon, in which the junior and senior students walked two different routes around the school building and the surrounding neighborhood. This was preceded by an assembly that took place in the school auditorium, where a short documentary film about the life of Terry Fox was shown, and was followed by a presentation from the student council.
Royal Vale School in NDG held a 30-minute run/walk around the school’s football field, in which over 340 students from kindergarten to grade 6 participated, as well as teachers and parent volunteers. Each elementary class raised funds by bringing in loonies and toonies and as a result, a total of $624 was collected. "It was a great opportunity for the students to be active and healthy by remembering one of Canada’s greatest heroes and making sure that they still remember his dream," said Royal Vale phys. Ed. Teacher Norman Katz, who organized the event.
Also, CBC Television aired a live broadcast of the Terry Fox National School Run Day across Canada, in which the fundraising efforts of Roslyn School caretaker Eddie Nolan were spotlighted. The school’s goal was to raise $25,000.
Festivities at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount included a rally, the national anthem and then a walk/run in a circuit around the school and surrounding streets. The Parent Participatiom Organization collected donations and $615 was raised to send to the Terry Fox Foundation. Following the run parent volunteers served corn and apples to all.
At Cedarcrest Elementary School in St. Laurent, physical education teacher Sylvia Banhegyi organized the run. It began with all of students, teachers and some parents going to the St. Laurent Park carrying banners and flags made by their classes. There they ran, jogged or walked for approximately and hour. Later, the students set up in teams completed puzzles on the life of Terry Fox. Students and staff expressed their feelings on the event, through a live on air CJAD interview with Angie Randall-Coss, a Cedarcrest parent.
St. Raphael and Michelangelo Elementary Schools as well as Vincent Massey Collegiate joined with millions of children across Canada to carry on the work of raising money for cancer research by participating in walking and raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation.
East Hill, John Paul I Mclearon, and Edward Murphy all took part in keeping the memory and the dream of a True Canadian Hero Terry Fox alive. All four schools were visited by Spiritual Community Animator Rocco Sperenzo. They received 25-minute presentations on the virtues on tolerance, heroes and Terry Fox. All three subjects were tied together. Students were able to make the spiritual connection to Terry fox's dream and aspiration.
The school raised over $3,500 and presented the cheque to Peter Sheremeta from The Terry Fox Fondation of Canada. This was the first school the Foundation visited this year. Mr. Sheremeta was really surprised and impressed by the amount raised by the school and its community.
The Grade 8 students at Royal West Academy raised over $5,500 in Terry Fox’s honour. Students learned about the tremendous strength and courage of Terry Fox and then obtained pledges.
EMSB schools have been involved with the Terry Fox Run since its inception in September of 1981, and have raised thousands of dollars for cancer research not only through runs and walkathons, but also with bake sales, t-shirt sales, variety shows, coin donation boxes and teacher challenges.
The annual Terry Fox Run took place on September 18 in over 1,000 towns and cities in Canada and over 50 countries around the world. So far, over $360 million has been raised through this event.
Terry Fox, a youth from BC who lost his leg to cancer, launched his Marathon of Hope run across Canada in St. John’s, Newfoundland in April of 1980 in order to raise funds to benefit cancer research. He was forced to cut it short five months later in Thunder Bay, Ontario when his cancer reoccurred. He died in June of 1981 at the age of 22.
Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
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