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Polar Bear charity run scheduled for Sunday

Over 100 participated in the first annual Peacock Collegiate Institute "polar bear" five-kilometre run/walk in Wakamow Valley on Dec. 11, 2011.

Peacock Collegiate is preparing to launch its second annual Polar Bear Run to support of the Terry Fox Foundation in Wakamow Valley this Sunday.

“It’s the Peacock Collegiate version of the Terry Fox Run,” said Sophie Rosso, who organizes the event with fellow Peacock teacher Renee Verge.

The idea for the Polar Bear Run was developed following a poor fundraising effort for the Terry Fox Foundation two years ago, Rosso said.

“Traditionally, in high schools, it’s hard to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation," she said. "We couldn’t get it together in December because of all of the sporting events and sporting teams starting up."

After Peacock collected just over $100, Rosso and Verge worked together to develop a new fundraising strategy, and the Polar Bear Run was created.

Last year, for the Polar Bear Run’s first iteration, more than 100 people — including students, school staff and members of the Moose Jaw community — came out in support of the event and approximately $3,500 was raised for the Terry Fox Foundation, Rosso said.

“This has been a much better (fundraiser),” she said. “This is going to be our annual event from now on.”

Anybody from the community can register to participate in the event, and participants can run or walk. The run’s goals for its second year are 125 participants and $5,000 raised, said Rosso.

Interested individuals can contact the school’s office at 693-4626 for a registration form.

Organizations: Terry Fox Foundation

Geographic location: Wakamow Valley, Moose Jaw

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