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The annual Four Seasons Cancer Care Charity Fun Run.

The annual Four Seasons Cancer Care Charity Fun Run.It all started in 1980, when a plucky young Canadian man named Terry Fox, who’d had a leg amputated in order to stop his cancer spreading, decided to run across Canada to raise money and awareness of this growing and often fatal disease. With his prosthetic leg, Terry ran and hopped in his own style, along highways and roads, through cities, towns, villages and countryside. Continuing even in the pouring rain, he just kept going with his aptly named ‘Marathon of Hope’.

          

Isadore Sharp, the founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, was among those inspired by Terry’s dedication and commitment that summer. As he followed Terry’s progress, he became more and more convinced that this disease needed so much more research done in order to find a cure. Research is time-consuming and costly, so he personally pledged $10,000 to support Terry’s cause, and wrote to another 999 Canadian corporations urging them to do the same. Before long, Terry’s route through Canada was lined with supporters, waving flags and cheering him on. Sadly, Terry succumbed to cancer before reaching his goal to run across the entire country.

          

After Terry’s death, Isadore Sharp committed himself to continue the work Terry had started. He began working closely with the Canadian Cancer Society and other sponsors to ensure Terry’s legacy lived on, and the Terry Fox Foundation was created. The first Terry Fox Run was organised and held the following year, and more than 300,000 people participated, raising $3.2 The annual Four Seasons Cancer Care Charity Fun Run.million. Today, the Terry Fox Run is held every September, in more than 50 countries, and is the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research. To date, close to $500 million has been raised worldwide, and much developmental work has been able to proceed in the continuing fight to try and halt a disease that has devastated, and will continue to devastate, so many lives, unless we work together relentlessly to find a cure.

          

Since Terry’s run more than 30 years ago, Four Seasons has been deeply committed to the cause of advancing cancer research. A one-time event inspired by a local hero, all those years ago, has led to fundraising activities spreading throughout all the company’s hotels and resorts around the world, raising millions of dollars annually to benefit dozens of local research and care facilities. Supporting Terry’s dream is just one way Four Seasons employees strive to advance cancer research. Every Four Seasons hotel and resort actively supports local and regional efforts to find a cure for cancer. Through annual runs, golf tournaments, food and beverage promotions and other activities, they spread awareness and raise money.

          

This year, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui are organising their 10th Cancer Care Charity Fun Run in association with The Thai Red Cross Society. All proceeds will go to the Cancer Research Centre at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. This year’s run will take place on Saturday,The annual Four Seasons Cancer Care Charity Fun Run. September 2nd, 2017, at Nathon Pier. You can choose to run or walk the two, five or 10 kilometre routes, and you don’t have to be an expert athlete to join the run – everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Many families come, with all ages participating. Just join in and be part of this fantastic local event and help raise money and awareness for a cause that has touched so many families.

          

Registration starts at 6:00 am on the morning of the race, and a group warm-up activity gets the blood pumping and sets the atmosphere and excitement. The starter horn kicks off the race at 7:00 am. Tickets are 250 baht, including a race T-shirt, or 400 baht with a Polo shirt. All tickets include a free breakfast box for after the race, and a lucky draw ticket for some great raffle prizes. You can pre-register for the race by phoning or emailing the contact details below. All revenues from this event are entirely dependent on sponsorship and donations, so Four Seasons would be extremely grateful for your support and any contributions to this very worthy cause. All support and donations, large or small, in the form of cash or goods, are welcome. Every contribution will help them to raise as much as possible for the continuing pledge to find a cure for cancer.

          

Almost a decade since Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui first staged its Run, the event has so far raised an amazing 7 million baht for cancer research projects in Thailand. Last year saw a record participation of over 900 people at the run – a landmark project of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. In anticipation of the event, Jeff Rednour, General Manager Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui says, “It is our privilege to host this event for the past 10 years and raise funds for a worthy cause. We are grateful to all the families, individuals and companies who have generously set aside their time to participate at this charity run and we look forward making it a success.”

          

There are trophies and prizes for the first male and female runner over the finish line in each category, and for the company, hotel or school that has the most participants. So come on all you Samui visitors and locals, get training, set the alarm clock, lace up those running shoes and head over to Nathon on Saturday 2nd September to join in the fun and help the local community continue with Terry Fox’s last wish. Together, let’s help push the Four Seasons Samui Cancer Care pledge. See you there!

          

 Karan Ladd


 


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