September 04, 2014 - 10:37 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The kids, the teachers, the government, the parents. We’ve heard over and over again how the current labour dispute is affecting them, but what about the organizations that also rely on schools to help with fundraising?
Every year during September, students raise money for the Terry Fox Run but this year, unless teachers and the government reach a deal in the near future, the foundation is set to lose out on that money.
Donna White, the provincial director for the Terry Fox Foundation, says just under $1.5 million is brought in annually from the school run, which is scheduled for Sept. 24.
While all the schools participating are registered and packages have been sent to them already, the longer the dispute goes on, the harder it will be for students to raise money for the program.
“We just hope there is a resolution soon,” White says. “But there’s too many ifs to comment on (the strike) right now.”
She says, in theory, even if school only goes back in session on Sept. 23 the run could still be held Sept. 24. The setback will then become how little time students are given to raise money. Students are asked to bring a minimum donation of a toonie to participate in the run, which accounts for under half of all school fundraising.
The annual Terry Fox Run will take place Sept. 14 as planned, and White hopes the school run will take place Sept. 24 as planned also.
School was set to go back in session this week but was cancelled when negotiations fell apart over the weekend. Teachers have been on full strike since June following a couple months of low level job action and rotating strikes. The full strike was, in part, a response to the government implementing a partial lockout.
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