Nichole Fraser, the manager of Cashco Financial in Williams Lake, has stepped up to organize the Terry Fox Run this year. While this is her first year being involved with the run, Fraser has done similar community work for many years within Williams Lake and is confident she has the required experience.
Fraser said that, under her direction, the run this year is focused more on attracting group participation and donations. These can be local members of the business community or other locals and Fraser advises those who want to support the cause, but don’t want to run, to donate to them.
“The Terry Fox Run is just such a great organization, I don’t think there’s anybody who hasn’t been touched by somebody who has had cancer either family, friend or relative,” Fraser said. “It’s not so much just about raising money, a big part is about keeping Terry’s memory alive.”
She feels that Terry Fox was a British Columbian hero and Fraser said both she and the organization seek to ensure his memory and dream endures.
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Registrations and donations are already coming in, with businesses such as Mary Jane’s making a sizable cash donation recently. Even those businesses who aren’t putting together a team or donating cash are finding ways to support the run, through providing coffee and food for the run’s end.
This year the run will be starting from the Seniors Activity Centre and should follow a marked route similar to previous years, according to Fraser.
With a one-km, five-km and 10-km routes available, she said there’s also a free walk available where one can run or walk, whatever they’re comfortable with.
“You’re definitely allowed to bring your pets, so long as they’re on leashes. Bring the whole family out we’d really like to see everybody out there,” Fraser said.
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With last year’s run bringing out 180 participants, Fraser said they hope to at least meet if not exceed that number this year. Interested parties can register directly with Fraser at Cashco Financial, via Facebook or with the pamphlets they have scattered in stores around town.
This year’s Terry Fox Run in Williams Lake takes place on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Registration is at 9 a.m. and the run kicks off at 10 a.m.