Holy Trinity’s Terry Fox Fundraiser Reaches A New Milestone

posted Oct 6, 2014, 5:39 PM by Karen Handley
On Friday, September 26, Holy Trinity students participated in our 13th annual Terry Fox fundraiser for cancer research. The fundraiser was a rousing success and has put Holy Trinity’s total contributions to well over $400,000.00! The week prior to that, we held our kick-off assembly in which students heard about Terry’s journey and his dream. Mrs. Paula Pert, a teacher at St. Joe’s, and the wife of teacher John Pert here at Holy Trinity, shared her personal testimony of her battle with bone cancer. The previous two years, students heard from Mr. Pert at the assembly, so having Paula here was absolute proof that their fundraising efforts are making a huge difference in the lives of people in their own community. The students were obviously moved, and spent the next week raising over $37,000.00 to help support research into this dreaded disease. 

On the morning of the walk, the energy in the school was palpable. We were treated to beautiful sunny skies and perfect temperatures. Prior to beginning their walk, students were greeted and thanked for their efforts by principal Ms. Jennifer Oake, and were sent off by the rallying cries of grade 12 students Caelen Corrigan and Ben Kelly, who had entertained them greatly with their video during the kick-off assembly. The banners were cut to officially begin the walk, and we were off. Over 1200 students and staff made their way around the 9.9 km loop through Katimavik and Glen Cairn. Some walked and some ran, but no matter how they did it, everyone had a good time. A post-walk barbeque in the courtyard was enjoyed by all, with the hotdogs and drinks served up courtesy of our administration. During the barbeque, students were entertained by Holy Trinity’s R&B band, and by DJs George Granleese and Mack Lewis. A surprise dance performance by the teachers was met with shouts of approval and much laughter. The student council organized a pep rally and the school spirit ran high all afternoon. 

Holy Trinity couldn’t be more proud of the effort our students put in to this worthwhile cause, and the entire Holy Trinity community is to be thanked for their enthusiasm, support, and generosity.