Wilmot Terry Fox Run sets new fundraising record

Taken from: The Record

Norm S. Hill Park saw roughly 100 people gathered together Sunday, not for the fall fair, but the Wilmot Terry Fox Run. With the donations and pledges submitted that day, totalled together with the fundraising throughout the year, the run managed to raise and estimated grand total of $24,957, beating last year’s record total of $14,414.

“This year, we were really able to reach the whole community,” said run co-ordinator Nigel Gordijk. “When you have all the fundraising events beforehand in towns around the area, people start talking about the local run, and come from all over to take part.”

Since February, the run had raised roughly $5,500 at events across the community, $6,730 collected online, and nearly $1,300 in T-shirt sales, a new addition to this year’s fundraising.

“As well, there was definitely some Canadian pride involved this year,” said Gordijk. “With this being the 150th anniversary, there’s no doubt a lot of people wanted to celebrate a true, Canadian hero in Terry Fox.”

This is the first time the local event has raised at least $1 for every person in Wilmot, echoing Terry Fox’s goal of raising $1 for every Canadian in 1980.

The day of the run started with the Breakfast For Terry fundraiser at Scran & Dram in New Hamburg, which raised $450. Once participants were gathered at Norm S. Hill Park in the afternoon, they were piped into the event by Piper In the Burg, Andrew Huxley Osborne, before the start of the opening ceremonies.

The singing of the national anthem — led by St. Agatha cancer survivor Anne Fisher — was followed by speeches from Harold Albrecht MP, Michael Harris MPP, and Township of Wilmot Mayor Les Armstrong.