Bangalore 16th November, 2016: The Canadian International School hosted a charity run to raise money for Cancer Research in association with the Terry Fox Foundation today with the run commencing and finishing at the Canadian International School premises. The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions around the world in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox, and his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. The run was flagged off by the Consulate General of Canada, Jennifer Daubeny, and involved a 5K run around the campus with over 800 students and 100 members of the public joining the run.
Jennifer cutting the ribon with Shweta Sastri
In memory of a young hero who fought cancer, and helped others along the way, the Terry Fox’s motive behind the run has been an inspiration to many to raise money for the cancer research. Since it’s inception over 35 years ago, the cause has raised nearly 2.3 of a billion canadian dollars for cancer research and there has been no looking back since. Speaking at the event, “the Consulate General mentioned “The Terry Fox Run was a property started in Canada, and has been around for over 20 years now. It is a pleasure to see this being incorporated here and the money raised to aid in cancer research being shared with the Terry Fox Foundation”. Shweta Sastri the Executive Director of the school said “It has been our honour to have hosted the Terry Fox Run all these years raising money for cancer research. The Terry Fox Foundation conducts amazing work to further the fight against cancer and the Canadian International is proud to be associated with it. Today's run was a great success!.”
The charity run was open to students, teachers from schools and all Bangaloreans and aims to raise money for the cancer research. Participants walked, jogged and ran at their own pace. The entire proceeds will be sent to the Terry Fox Foundation.
About Terry FoxTerry Fox, an active teenager involved in many sports was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount. He ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada and the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22. The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning. To date, over $600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.
Founded in 1996, the Canadian International School (CIS) offers international curricula and a superior learning experience. The school offers education from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 and is a culturally-rich mosaic with a mission of providing world class international education. Amidst the many firsts, CIS is the first IB Diploma school in Bangalore. The school recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary and through the years has grown into a student body comprising close to 700 students representing 34 nationalities. The school is a pioneer in technology, being the first school in Bangalore to adopt a one-to-one iPad integrated teaching and learning program, which represents the ultimate in technology infusion. CIS is also the first school in Bangalore to have completely switched to solar energy to harvest and source electricity, to meet all on campus electricity needs.
Having been rated as the 5th best international school in India, CIS aspires to be one of the best schools in East Asia. With the presence of multi-media centres, a state-of-the-art performance theatre - the biggest in North Bangalore, CIS also boasts of a spacious 14 acre campus which allows for a variety of activities- football, basketball, cricket, tennis, badminton and swimming. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in several community projects, by way of the contextual learning program and the IB CAS program.
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- International Mindset
- International Administration
- International Teaching Staff
- International Student Body
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