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Letter: Three cheers for the Port Coquitlam retirees who broke a 12-year fundraising record

More than $4,300 was raised for the Terry Fox Foundation by the residents of Astoria Retirement community.
Terry Fox grew up in Port Coquitlam. | Terry Fox Foundation

The Editor,

This is written to salute a group of Oldies giving their whole-hearted support to the cancer-fighting cause of Terry Fox, who died of the disease June 28, 1981, at the far-too-young age of 22.

Proceeds of a monthly 50/50 draw, occasional donut sales and an art auction, plus direct donations generated by at least 47 participants in the Silver Fox Walk saw residents, family and staff from two Port Coquitlam retirement residences — the Astoria and Mayfair Terrace — raise their highest contribution in 12 years of these fund-raising walks for the Terry Fox Foundation: $4,320.

For the second year in a row, Roy Williams, a former Astoria’s Environmental Services Manager and an artist of obvious talent, donated paintings for a silent auction that generated more than $1,100 each time.

The first 10 Silver Fox Walks involving the Astoria brought the Terry Fox Foundation more than $15,000.

Last year’s record total was $4,050.

With another record set in 2021 the total contribution of the two PoCo residences — both part of the Sienna Senior Living family — exceeds $23,000.

I believe that’s worthy of a salute to a bunch of Oldies who are proud of the Goodies they’ve added to the Terry Fox cause.

- Jim Peacock, The Astoria Retirement Residence, Port Coquitlam