Donations pay for Fox statue

Sep 04, 2002, vol. 25, no. 1
By Marianne Meadahl

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A year after the unveiling of SFU's Terry Fox statue, the $90,000 commissioned piece of art has been paid for by a diversity of donors.

The fundraising drive was completed in August, thanks to an $18,000 gift from SFU alumnus Wayne Holm, president of Milestones Restaurants. Holm was a football star with the Clan in the late 1960s and played under then-coach Lorne Davies, who later became athletics director and now oversees SFU's Terry Fox humanitarian award program.

Holm says, “At Milestone's, we've always prided ourselves in giving back to the communities that we do business in.” Given his long association with SFU and the fact that Terry Fox was a former student, he says the decision to become involved “was a natural.”

Holm was the top draft pick for the Grey Cup-winning Calgary Stampeders in 1970. Three years later a knee injury ended his CFL career. Holm became a management trainee for The Keg Restaurants and worked his way up to become president. He's now president and co-owner of Milestones, overseeing 20 restaurants across Canada.

“I was delighted by Wayne's generosity,” says Davies, noting that over the past year, donations toward the work, created by B.C. sculptor Stephen Harman, have come from people from “all walks of life.” Donations include everything from a $20,000 gift from SFU's alumni association, to small cheques given to Davies as he walked to his office across campus. “I think to many people, the presence of this statue sparks their memories of Terry's perseverance,” he says.

Davies came up with the idea to install the statue to “let the world know” that the young hero began training toward his dream to run across Canada while a student at SFU. The statue was unveiled during the university's first Terry Fox day.

This year's second annual celebration takes place on Sept. 19 and will include a 4.5 km run and 1.5 km walk, a frisbee clinic, a community barbecue, and a lotto basket draw, featuring such creative prizes as a bookcase quilt designed and sewed by library staff.

Betty and Rolly Fox, Terry's parents, will attend the festivities, which will include the awarding of the Terry Fox medal. The medal is awarded annually to an SFU student who has demonstrated those personal qualities of courage in adversity and dedication to society which were exemplified by Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.

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