A new flag is flying outside the North Grenville Municipal Centre for the rest of the week.
Municipal council and community members gathered late Tuesday afternoon to raise the flag in anticipation of this weekend’s Terry Fox Run, an annual event where runners raise money for cancer research.
For the last two years, the Run was held virtually in Kemptville because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mayor Nancy Peckford says that’s changing for 2022.
“This year’s event will take place in-person at the Ferguson Forest Centre on Sunday, September 18th,” Peckford says. “Registration begins at 9:00am and the run or walk begins at 10:00am.”
She also says these annual events are important to make sure the legacy of Terry Fox, who ran from St. Johns to Thunder Bay to raise money for cancer research in 1980, lives on.
“He is a household name and Canadians will not forget his incredible story of defiance and determination,” she says. “Across Canada, schools and streets are named after him. We have all been affected by cancer. Terry’s story and passion gives us hope – to realize a world without cancer.”
Participants can choose to run two-, five-, or ten-kilometre routes, and can sign up either individually or as part of a group.
So far, the fundraising campaign has raised more than $4,000 in Kemptville. You can register or donate on the Terry Fox website.