On Thursday, September 22, after a morning full of clouds and heavy rain, around 750 kids in kindergarten to Grade 8 braved the elements to take part in the annual Terry Fox run at Georgian Bay Community School.
There was some discussion about postponing the event, but staff and students alike decided they could “try like Terry” and face whatever Mother Nature dished out.
For roughly 30 minutes, students in kindergarten ran and walked laps of the tarmac while students in Grades 1 to 8 ran and walked laps of the track for close to 45 minutes. It was an enthusiastic and energetic crowd, seeing some kids complete 5km.
The school set a goal to raise $2,000 for the Terry Fox foundation this year. Announcements dangled the prize of extra recess time and even the thrill of watching our principal kiss a pig if they could reach their goal.
“To our delight, GBCS families helped to raise over $4,000 and this total continues to rise. Poor Mr. Wilson didn’t seem too upset about having to pucker up to kiss the pig,” said organizers of the event.