THE ANNUAL Terry Fox Run, which raises thousands of euros for cancer research, will take place in Lisbon on May 5.
Organised by the Canadian Embassy in Lisbon, in conjunction with the Portuguese Anti-Cancer League (Liga Portuguesa Contra O Cancro), the 12th Terry Fox Run will start off at the Parque das Nações on Saturday at 11.30am.
The Terry Fox Run is an annual, non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions across the globe in commemoration of cancer activist Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope, and to raise money for Cancer Research.
Since its inception in 1981, it has raised over 340 million Canadian dollars. The run itself is informal which means that the distance often varies between five and 15 kilometres, with participation considered as important as completing the set distance.
Unlike other major fundraising events, the Terry Fox Run has no corporate sponsorship in accordance with Terry Fox’s original wishes of not seeking fame or fortune from his endeavour.
During his cross-Canada run, he turned down every endorsement he was offered including those from multinationals such as McDonald’s as he felt it would detract from his goal of creating public awareness.
In Portugal, the first run took place in 1994 and to date has raised close to 450,000 euros for cancer charities. Those wishing to take part in the run should sign up on the day of the run, from 9.30am onwards, at the Pavilhão de Portugal in Parque das Nações. The fee, including a T-Shirt, is five euros which goes to Cancer Research.
For more information consult the Canadian Embassy in Lisbon website at http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/canada-europa/portugal/embassy/terryfoxrun07-en.asp
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