Today hundreds of our IST elementary students came out to the field during their play time at lunch break to run around the field in memory of Terry Fox.
It was fantastic to see so many determined runners, and even in the heat, many said they wanted to keep running, just like Terry Fox.
Thanks also to the teachers who turned up to help put rubber bands on the students arms for each lap they completed so that they could remember how many laps they ran.
Tomorrow students can bring in sponsorship money to be donated to the Children’s cancer ward at Muhimbili hospital.
Thanks so much to everyone for their enthusiasm and generosity.
We saw the power of compassion and determination today!
In library class this week grade 1-5 students are learning about the extraordinary courage of Canadian runner and cancer victim, Terry Fox. Terry Fox: A story of hope by Maxine Trottier tells the story of Terry’s early life and how at the age of 18 he got cancer in his right leg. Terry then started the Marathon of Hope in 1980 in which he ran 3,339 miles in 143 days across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
Wednesday September 28 is national school run day in Canada and to keep the memory of Terry Fox alive, we encourage IST elementary students to spend some of their playtime during second break running around the field on that day.
Students will be given a sponsorship form early next week, if they would like to find sponsors to donate money for each lap that they run or walk in their 20 min playtime on that day.
All money raised will be given to the children’s cancer department at Muhimbili hospital.
As Terry said before he died in 1981, “Even though I’m not running anymore we still have to try to find a cure for cancer. Other people should go ahead and try to do their own thing now.”
Watch the following video clip to learn more about Terry Fox: