Generosity of Spirit

Today marked the close of the Terry Fox Run for 2016 with the hand over of the cheque to the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

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Handing over the cheque to the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

Terry Fox’s legacy is making a difference through funds raised through The Terry Fox Foundation, which in turn is invested by the Terry Fox Research Institute.  This year marks the 35th anniversary of his Marathon of Hope. Since Terry began his 5,373-km run in St. John’s, Newfoundland more than $700-million has been raised in his name for cancer research. This money has been used to fund the most promising and innovative research in Canada over the last 35 years, which in turn benefits us all.  Every single one of us knows someone who has cancer, or who has lost someone to cancer so this kind of fund raising event is not only important, but imperative.

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The Ras Al Khaimah Terry Fox Committee

For the last 7 years the Ras Al Khaimah community has managed to raise approximately 500,000 Dirhams in aid of cancer research for the Terry Fox Foundation, a massive undertaking considering our small beginnings, and the size of our community.  It is through everyones generosity of spirit that an event like this becomes possible.  For 2016 we had 4000 participants running, and we were able to raise a total of 150, 000 Dirhams. This money will be presented to various institutions in the UAE for cancer research.

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His Excellency Emmanuel Kamarianakis,  Canadian Consul General of Dubai with Siobhon van der Merwe, one of the Ras Al Khaimah Terry Fox Run Official Photographers. 

There are so many people that contribute to making this event possible; the volunteers, the participants, Rina Gauer and her very able Committee, and our very generous benefactor and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

And last, but certainly not least, the volunteer photographers who give of their time to photograph the event preparations, the event itself, and then sit at home after the event downloading and editing the photographs to post for everyone to enjoy.  I don’t usually mention the role of the photographer, but this year I need to.   Many don’t realise how much time this whole process takes.  And one photographer in particular spends so much time making the photo’s something special for all of us to enjoy!  For the last 3 years a very gifted photographer, Stephen Pellerine has been an integral part of the RAK Terry Fox Run. Stephen will be leaving us at the end of the 2016 academic year.  He is moving on to study further, and hopefully take the world by storm.  2016 marks the last year that he will contribute his time and phenomenal photographic skills to the RAK Terry Fox Run.  His kindness, patience and skill as a teacher and mentor will be greatly missed by myself who, even if he wont admit it, has been a huge help to my developing as a photographer.  We will all miss you very much, me especially.  I will make sure to have a coffee in your honour on the morning of the race next year.


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