Dresden tops per capita provincial Terry Fox fundraising rankings

A photo of Terry Fox during his Marathon of Hope courtesy of TerryFox.org.

Despite the pandemic, the Dresden Terry Fox Run continues to come out on top when it comes to its fundraising efforts.

On Monday, organizers of the event revealed that the Dresden event was one of the top fundraisers in all of Ontario for the 2020 Terry Fox Run.

According to Dresden Terry Fox Run Coordinator Megan Robinson, the community ranked number one in the province for per capita fundraising, which is based on how much money is raised compared to the size of the population.

Dresen had reached the top per capita spot in the past and Robinson said it was a great feeling to reclaim the title.

“We’ve been at number one, so it was great to get back up there,” she said. “The past few years we were still on that list and high up on that list but just not in the number one spot where we love to be.”

2020 Ontario Terry Fox Run results (Via Dresden Terry Fox Run Facebook)

2020 Ontario Terry Fox Run results (Via Dresden Terry Fox Run Facebook)

The 2020 run was held virtually because of the pandemic. Robinson said that organizers were unsure what impact that would have on fundraising efforts.

“We were nervous, for sure,” she said. “We’re not normally that nervous going into a run because Dresden always shows up for us.”

In addition to the top per capita title, the Dresden Terry Fox Run also made the top 25 list for overall fundraising in all of Ontario, coming it at 23.

The community raised a total of $46,037, which was well above their goal for the year and also beat the previous local fundraising record of $42,000.

“To actually exceed any total we’ve ever had when we’ve had an in-person run is so amazing,” Robinson said. “With anything, it just down to the people. We just have amazing people that live in our town. We have a town full of people who care and want to see the best for the community, the people who live in it and I honestly think that’s what it is.”

Although it’s a couple of months away, because of the large amount of planning that has to be done behind the scenes, Robinson said the Terry Fox Foundation has already made the call that the run will be virtual again for 2021.

It will take place on Sunday, September 19. Registration is already open and can be done by clicking here.