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VC's Road to Terry Fox 2021
Milena Branco '22 & Sophie Naworynski '22

VC's Road to Terry Fox 2021 a Huge Success!!

The Terry Fox Run has been a special day in the Villanova College community calendar for more than 14 years. Villanova College has consistently placed among the top 10 fundraising high schools across the province with an amazing $458, 578.21 raised since the annual school run began in 2005. The school record for most funds raised, an astounding $58,000+, was in 2018 when the VC community ran in memory and tribute to beloved teacher and coach, Elizabeth (Beth) Will.

This year’s run took on a different form as necessitated by COVID protocols however the energy and enthusiasm that the VC community brought to it was not diminished. This year’s run morphed into a two week event. Week 1, September 20 -24 , was dedicated to exercise challenges and the distribution of coloured  ribbons representing a different cancer to raise awareness. The ribbons were sold for $2 each represented a different form of cancer – Breast Cancer, Lymphoma, Leukemia, and Bone. These ribbons were worn by students on their blazers to symbolize and support people that have either lost a  loved one, gone through cancer themselves or may even be still battling this cruel disease. 

During Week 2,  September 27 - 29 , each day and period was devoted to a specific cohort from grade 4 to grade 12. Each cohort participated in energy filled warm ups on the VC turf field and a modified, COVID friendly walk around the field. 

Determined not to let COVID put a damper on this year’s events, the organizational efforts of the Terry Fox Run Day Committee, led by student leaders Milena Branco and Sophie Naworynski from the Class of 2022, ensured a successful event. The $15,000 fundraising goal set by the committee was surpassed through the efforts and support of VC students, families, staff and entire community  with a total of  $15,738.65 donated to the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research.