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Published on : Wednesday, January 13, 2016
As part of the largest single day fund raising event for cancer research worldwide, the Terry Fox Run in Guangzhou took place at Guangzhou Luhu Golf Driving Range on December 5, 2015. Approximately 4,000 participants in total from both local and expatriate communities joined the non-competitive run of 2, 5 and 10 kilometres. More than half a million Chinese yuan was raised from t-shirt sales, corporate and individuals’ donations, a silent auction and food concessions. All proceeds will go to a local cancer research institute by the Terry Fox Foundation for finding cure of cancer.
This is the third year that Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou has organised this event, with support from Guangdong People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou, Guangdong Charity Federation, Guangzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Luhu Golf and Country Club.
This year, a very special and meaningful participant joined the event. The co-founder of Terry Fox Run, Bill Vigars, came a long way and brought more than 20 volunteers for the event from Changsha. He delivered a significant speech about the very initial story of Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope, which took place in early 1980s. As the director of public relations and fund raising at that time, Vigars accompanied Terry along with the run across Canada. He said that it was the first time that he joined the run in China, and it had been of great meaning since 2015 is the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run. He also emphasised the dream of Terry’s as he bore a special mission: “Your participation today gives people with cancer hope. The funds you raise will enable us to take a step closer to finding a cure. Terry taught us to follow our dreams, to believe that one person can make a difference, and how one person’s dream can change the world. A little bit of Terry Fox lives in all of you. You keep Terry’s dream alive.”
“We feel very excited to continuously organise this annual charity event, which is really successful! Special thanks to all participants, supporters and donors,” said Bahram Sepahi, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. “I believe the Terry Fox Run will become even more successful with everyone’s joint effort. Our goal is not only to raise more funds for local cancer research, but also to increase public awareness on cancer.”
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