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Terry’s CAUSE on Campus will be hosting a marathon, other events at the U of R

On September 14th, the University of Regina’s Terry’s CAUSE on Campus will be raising money for cancer research.

A non-competitive marathon will start on the U of R’s Academic Green, and will have 3 km, 5 km, and 10 km options. Participants can run, walk, or wheel in wheelchairs.

Last year, the Terry Fox Foundation created the Terry’s CAUSE on Campus, which, according to their website, “participating institutions join together to honour Terry and commemorate his Marathon of Hope by raising funds for cancer research.” In its inaugural year, Terry’s CAUSE on Campus could be found at various universities, including Simon Fraser, Memorial, Dalhousie, Bishop’s, Queen’s, and more.

2013 is the first year that this event will be at the University of Regina.

Olivia Hellman is the Chairman of the University of Regina’s Terry’s CAUSE on Campus. “Our event is wholly planned and run by University students, which I think is a big drawing factor to get other students involved. Our volunteers for the day will all be current University students. Even our supporters have a post-secondary focus or link. We are even working to start up a club on campus so that students can get involved in the initiative for the entire year” she said.

source: toronto.ca
source: toronto.ca

When asked why they were starting the event from the University’s campus, Hellman replied, “A few of us on the committee are Ambassadors leaders with the Ambassador program on campus. In our position as leaders, we are expected to take part in a community leadership initiative.”

Throughout the day there will be activities and live music. There will also be an after-party at The Owl the night of the 14th.

“The purpose of the initiative is to get post-secondary students involved in raising money for cancer research and spreading Terry Fox’s message. Most often, it is post-secondary students who are the ones conducting cancer research so it made sense for the Foundation to start up an event specifically geared to those students.”

The group is also planning on working on events in the future. One event is a comedy night with Haris Khan, who is known for “planning comedy nights to raise money for worthy causes.” The event will take place in October, and will be called “A Stand Up for Cancer.”

Hellman concluded by saying, “Cancer is something that has touched everyone at some point in their lives. We all have a loved one who was lost because of cancer, or we know of someone who has lost a person they love to cancer. It’s a cause that we all have a reason to fight for and I hope my fellow students join the cause in any way they can.”

The group is already looking ahead to next year by planning another Terry’s CAUSE on Campus in 2014.

 

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