Firefighters rescue Terry Fox Run
Didsbury’s fire department has made a huge rescue for the community.
Firefighters have stepped up to save the annual Terry Fox Run. The event, which has run 27 consecutive years in the town, was threatened with cancellation, as there was no organizer to put it together. Longtime local organizers Grant and Brenda Humming retired after last year’s run.
“We’ve been involved with it for many years,” he said, “and hearing that it may move to another town didn’t really sit too well with me,” said firefighter Craig Martin, adding he read about the run’s plight in the Review last month. “We’re glad that we can help keep the run going here in town,” said Martin. “It’s something that’s really good for the community.”
Martin said the Didsbury Fire Department is volunteering its manpower and Pam Peever, a new mom, has also offered her skills.
He added there are many other local volunteers and he acknowledged their efforts in putting together the run as well.
Peever, who says she now has plenty of extra time to devote to the run, has been looking for volunteering opportunities to balance out her lifestyle.
“I volunteered a lot in middle and high school,” said Peever, “And I was kind of looking for something to do, other than look after my (little) boy. I’ve been saying if I don’t go back to work right away then I’ve got to do something else.”
She recently picked up the Review and saw that the run was in jeopardy, and she decided to pitch in.
Rhonda Risenbrough, provincial director of the Terry Fox Foundation for Alberta, said she is pleased with the response she received.
“I know the people who organized it before (Grant and Brenda Humming) will be quite happy to find out that it’s continuing,” she said.
Risenbrough said it was fortunate the local volunteers came forward at the same time, adding that the Review played a big part in the speed of the response.