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March 1, 2005
For Immediate Release

Terry Fox Run - Largest Event in Canadian History

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Toronto, March 1, 2005 - Canadian hero Terry Fox had a dream that unified the country. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Terry's Marathon of Hope, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association unanimously endorses the participation of every member board and every school in The Terry Fox National School Run Day.

"This would be the largest single-day event in Canadian history and would show the world just how caring and compassionate our students truly are," said OPSBA president Rick Johnson. "Their participation will give hope to the many children and adults who are courageously fighting cancer."

The Terry Fox Foundation is asking every student in every Canadian school to participate in the Terry Fox National School Run Day, an event that will be held simultaneously at schools from coast to coast. OPSBA will work with the Canadian School Boards Association to encourage every student and every school in Canada participates in the event.

"We are calling on the Federal Government to declare Friday, September 16, 2005 Terry Fox Day," said Rick Johnson.

Last September, Trustee Beryl Ford helped organize the Peel Terry Fox Pilot Event that involved all students and staff in Peel and raised over $1.1 million. This community event included the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and involved volunteers from the police, fire department and other agencies. It was the precursor to this year's National School Run Day. Trustee Beryl Ford described the event as "one of the most gratifying moments I have experienced in all my years as a school board trustee."

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For more information, please contact:

Jeff Sprang
(416) 340-2540