The annual Terry Fox Run may see fewer donations and a smaller turnout on this, the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope.
Schools in various regions across Ontario, including Toronto, Peel, Kawartha Lakes & Georgina will not be participating in fundraising activities or collect donations from students for the cause.
Laurie Pangman-Carriere, the lead organizer of Georgina’s Terry Fox Run, isn’t happy with how the teachers are handling this situation.
“It’s tradition — an important Canadian one. The kids learn about Terry’s determination, dedication and courage, and he inspires everyone to be all you can be and overcome challenges, care for others and never give up. The annual runs are an opportunity to celebrate a Canadian hero and it’s heartbreaking to think the kids may not get that chance this year,” Pangman-Carriere said.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) provincial job action includes educators not participating in fundraising activities.
Will this decision hurt the teachers’ cause? Should it be a school’s responsibility to raise funds for a charity event?
Here’s what a teacher had to say to Oakley when she called in on the topic: