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Passionate volunteer calls for local support of Terry Fox events

Passionate volunteer calls for local support of Terry Fox events

This year’s theme is, ‘I’m not a quitter,’ and the strategy is all about ‘asking a little from a lot,’ orgranizer told four North Simcoe councils

As Don Chapman said recently, “We’ve got the best brand in the world. Nobody that I know of badmouths Terry Fox.”

Chapman is the spokesperson and key contact of 20 volunteers, himself included, associated with Terry Fox in the Heart of Georgian Bay.

Over the past few months, Chapman had approached the four North Simcoe municipal councils of Midland, Penetanguishene, and Tay and Tiny Townships with the same request: to participate, to donate, and to encourage others to get involved in Terry Fox Day on Sept. 18.

Since Terry Fox ran for cancer research in 1980, over $850 million has been raised by the Terry Fox Foundation in annual events commemorating the courage and bravery of the national icon.

I’m Not A Quitter is the theme for 2022, and Chapman presented this year’s pitch to the councils.

“In 1980 Terry said, ‘Nobody is ever going to call me a quitter.’ He never quit on his dream – and neither will we,” said Chapman. “That man, that hero, ran over 3,000 miles and ran a marathon a day doing it on one good leg. Is that the mark of a quitter? Absolutely not.”

Due to COVID-19 and health protocols regarding social distancing, the local income raised in 2020 was $87,000. A strategy for smaller donations from more people, as well as individual fundraising challenges that could be completed on a minimal scale, resulted in the organization raising $104,000 in 2021; ranked 16th in Ontario and the best result for the municipalities since 2006.

Chapman told the councils that the strategy this year would continue to be aimed at “asking a little from a lot,” but that a return to big parties and events had been mandated nationwide.

In North Simcoe, the 2022 Terry Fox Run will be held at Perkinsfield Park located at 43 County Road 6 in Tiny.

Already, the volunteers have made their presence known at several parades and festivals locally, where they have t-shirts for sale advertising the charity. Boot drives from firefighters will allow for donations via cash or card through a tap option.

“Nobody makes money off Terry but the Foundation,” assured Chapman, who noted that only money going to administration and overhead of 21 per cent is taken from the total donations, with the remaining 79 per cent issued directly to researchers. “No fee, no minimum contribution, no cost… everything is donated.”

Council members across the municipalities praised Chapman and his efforts with the promotion.

It was the first such presentation viewed by Tiny Coun. John Bryant, who thanked Chapman. “You speak so passionately about this issue; you touched my heart.”

Coun. Mary Warnock of Tay said to the public, “If you haven’t been, you should go. It is a very emotional day, and when everyone comes together and the numbers that they get out there – it’s a very special feeling.”

Midland Coun. Jonathan Main complimented Chapman on his “infectious positivity” while Deputy Mayor Mike Ross appreciated the out-of-the-box flexibility of past events through the difficulty of a pandemic.

Coun. Brian Cummings of Penetanguishene told Chapman, “I had the opportunity to meet Terry when he walked through Oakville, and I experienced and felt his drive – his motivation – for a cause he really felt he could beat. (With my whole family) being involved in the Cancer Society (of Canada) at that time, we just felt that energy that came from him; and I feel that same energy coming from you.”

MidlandToday asked Chapman through email what impact he was expecting to receive by delivering the presentation to the North Simcoe councils.

“As key influencers and leaders of our community,” Chapman replied, “I hope they will encourage others to get involved. I also hope they will continue to support our requests for goods and services which enable us to send all donated revenues we generate to our Foundation.

“I also believe that we can build a more cohesive community by sharing ideas and programs like this across our municipalities,” he added.

Archives of Chapman’s council presentations for the Terry Fox in the Heart of Georgian Bay are available on the Midland, Penetanguishene, and Tiny Township municipality YouTube channels.

For more information about the Terry Fox Foundation, visit

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Lee Westwood breaks silence on Saudi-backed LIV Golf events in passionate plea

Lee Westwood breaks silence on Saudi-backed LIV Golf events in passionate plea

Speaking at The Belfry, where he is competing in this week’s Betfred British Masters, the 49-year-old talked passionately about the threat of players being banned if they align themselves with new money-spinning series being fronted by Greg Norman.

Westwood had previously been reticent to chat about being linked with the $25 million events, the first of which is being held at the Centurion Club, near St Albans, but, while trying to be respectful about his workplace for the next four days, the former world No 1 clearly decided it was time to speak up.

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“I’ve asked for a release from the PGA Tour and European Tour for the Centurion like many others have,” said Westwood as he joined Richard Bland, the defending Betfred British Masters champion, in confirming that.

“I’ve asked for releases for tournaments for as long as I’ve been on tour. It’s not the first release I’ve asked for. I’ve asked for many. Not heard anything back yet. Ball is in the European Tour’s court and the PGA Tour’s court for that matter.”

PGA Tour rules stipulate that the tour must decide whether to grant releases at least 30 days before the Centurion event, which would be 10 May. That is also the deadline for DP World Tour players to request releases.

“I don’t think it’s a case of fairness,” said Westwood, a British Masters winner by five shots at The Belfry in 2007, in reply to being asked if someone like him who’d been loyal to the DP World Tour over the years deserved to be facing a potential ban. “I think it’s a case of whichever authority is feeling whatever they do is right.

“I’ve supported the European Tour for 29 years. I’ve gone over and won on the PGA Tour in ’98, not taken my card. I’ve never been sort of driven by playing on the PGA Tour like a lot of the guys have. It’s been their kind of goal to get on to the PGA Tour. It never has for me.

Lee Westwood speaks to the media ahead of the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

“My goal has always been to be a European Tour member and support this tour and kind of go in and out of the PGA Tour. I’ve hosted events on this tour and obviously played wherever I can through Covid and stuff like that. I consider myself a European Tour member and I’ve always tried to support the European Tour as much as I can.”

Two other European Ryder Cup stalwarts, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter, have also been linked with the LIV Golf International Series, which comprises eight events this year, as have two past Open champions, Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson.

It is rumoured that the PGA Tour are set to grant releases for the Centurion event but will then take a different approach over tournaments on American soil thereafter that clash directly with ones on the US circuit.

“It’s being portrayed as us and them, whereas the people from LIV Golf, all the reports I’ve read, have said that they want to stand side-by-side and they are not going up against any of the really massive tournaments,” observed Westwood. “They kind of want everybody to be able to play, have options. They are not forcing anybody’s hand, so I believe.

“People always have a problem with change, don’t they? They are skeptical about it and people like, in whatever walk it is, they like continuity and they like just the same to carry on. Whereas change in competition are good in any walk of life, I think. It shakes things up and keeps everybody on their toes and keeps everybody trying to improve and improve their product.”

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‘He was a lion’: boxing event honours passionate young fighter

‘He was a lion’: boxing event honours passionate young fighter

“He had his own keys to the boxing club. He would go there and work out and hit the bags by himself and he was there early for every single training practice they had,” he said.

Over the course of his amateur career, Skopyk went to many competitions and won many fights. In 2015, he finished top in his weight class at the Saskatchewan Provincial Boxing Championships in Regina. Remembering what it was like watching his son fight, Skopyk said he was always amazed at how strong he was.

“He would come up to us after the bout and he would have little bruises and abrasions and stuff but if he had blood on him he’d go ‘that’s not my blood,’” he said. “He was a talented fighter.”

Noting how a special Will Skopyk trophy was handed out at a boxing event pre-pandemic, Skopyk said he hopes this event can become an annual tradition.

“I hope it can carry on. It’s a beautiful thing that they would do that,” he said.

Braddock Koch, head coach with the Red Wolf Boxing Club, was the one who approached the family with the idea and has fond memories of Will.

“He was a lion. He embodies the spirit of what we are are trying to do with the Red Wolves,” he said. “He was just so fierce.”

Noting the number of sponsors on board already, Koch said he’s received huge outpouring of support from the community. Koch also confirmed his plans to make this an annual event, while also noting plans to start small this year, featuring 10 to 12 bouts with fighters from all over Western Canada.

“There will be some novice guys that are just being brought up but there will also be some top flight amateurs as well,” he said.

Cole Ahenakew, an up and coming fighter is his own right, trained with Will and plans to be on the card next month.

“He was a good sparring parter and we would always have fun when we we sparring, make little jokes during our sparring matches. He brought a good energy to the gym,” he said.

Tickets for the event next month are on sale now through the exhibition centre, Mark’s 9, Canadian Tire, and Koch through the Red Wolf Boxing Club.

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