By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
High tech put a new twist on the Terry Fox Run in Dresden.
The community was chosen as one of 10 as part of a pilot project to utilize a Tip Tap Pay machine to garner donations electronically.
Event co-ordinator Meg Robinson, who has taken over the helm from long-time organizer Cindy Brewer, said it was an honour to be chosen for the project.
“This is the first year,” said Robinson as she demonstrated how to use the machine by tapping her bankcard to make a $5 donation. “It’s great that we were picked by the (Terry Fox) foundation for this.”
The Dresden run carries the distinction of being number one in Ontario in 2020 in fundraising dollars per capita.
Last year’s event also ranks among the top 25 in the province for amount of money raised, collecting more that $46,000.
Because of COVID-19 the Sept. 19 event will again be virtual. Robinson said the 2021 edition will feature less face-to-face involvement, however routes will be well marked and manned by volunteers.
As always, participants are encouraged to run, walk, bike, rollerblade or skateboard – or move by any other means – to raise funds for cancer research.
For more information about this year’s run and to find out where the Tip Tap Terry machine is being hosted, please consult the Dresden run’s Face Book page.