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Burnaby principal doused after students crush Terry Fox fundraising goal

Stoney Creek Community School nearly tripled its fundraising from last year for cancer research
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Stoney Creek Community School principal, Wendell Hiltz, gets a cold-water dousing from community school coordinator Taryn Briscoe last week.

When students at Burnaby’s Stoney Creek Community School were told they’d get to dump ice cold water on their principal if they raised $1,000 for this year’s Terry Fox Run, they blew that goal away.

Burnaby schools take part in the Terry Fox Run every September to honour Fox’s legacy and raise money for cancer research.

Before this year’s Sept. 29 event, Stoney Creek principal Wendell Hiltz challenged students to raise $1,000 to earn the privilege of dousing him and other staff volunteers.

Stoney Creek had raised $665 in 2020 but went on to raise $1,628 this year.

As promised, Hiltz and other staff members submitted to their drenchings toward the end of the school day last Friday.

Collectively, local schools raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Terry Fox Foundation this year, according to the school district.

Burnaby Central Secondary, for example, raised more than $5,800.

“Students also discuss Terry’s heroic efforts and think about how they, too, can help be positive agents of change in both big and small ways,” read a statement from the district.

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