Determined to make a difference in the quest to find a cure for cancer, the CIS community gathered for the annual Terry Fox Run in January 2015. The morning began with an inspirational speech by the High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore, Her Excellency Heather Grant.
Her Excellency spoke about Terry Fox, who in 1980, after having had one leg amputated, embarked on a run across Canada to raise awareness for cancer research. Her Excellency commended CIS students, teachers and parents on coming out to support Terry’s noble cause. She then joined the run, as did dignitaries from the Singapore Cancer Society and the Terry Fox Run Singapore.
Students from all grades participated in the run, and there was a definite sense of camaraderie and united purpose in the air. At TK, students ran on the field at scheduled intervals throughout the morning. As each group of runners finished, they were rewarded with orange slices, prepared by our hardworking PTA, to quench their thirst. At Lakeside, students ran at the same time but in multiple venues. Teachers adjusted the duration of the run based on students’ age and grade levels, and students learnt to pace themselves in order to reach their objective. A large group of very encouraging parent volunteers acted as marshals.
The Terry Fox Run is a perfect example of why we teach students about the importance of action. Although Terry was forced to abandon his quest (after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres), and eventually lost his life to the disease, his efforts have resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. Terry’s action single handedly initiated the largest worldwide movement dedicated to raise money in the name of cancer research. None of this would have happened without his initial commitment to action.
To make this event a reality, Mr. Elmer Reyes, Community Outreach Chair, and a team of volunteer teachers worked for months to ensure that the event went smoothly. Teams of parents took action and helped out in a multitude of ways. Students took action by getting pledges and running.
While the final pledge forms are not in yet, we are looking forward to another great CIS contribution and hope that our collective action helps to find a cure for cancer.