The banner for The 2018 Terry Fox Run on the Chilliwack Airport on fence on Young Road before it was stolen some time before Aug. 18 and 22. (Submitted)

Chilliwack Terry Fox Run co-ordinator laments theft of banner

‘I was really upset to think that someone would steal it off the fence on purpose’

The co-ordinator for Chilliwack’s Terry Fox Run found out the hard way that thieves will steal just about anything.

Volunteers for the annual cancer research fundraiser put a 30-foot-by-three-foot banner up on the fence on Young Road by the Chilliwack Airport on Aug. 13.

Run co-ordinator Diane Pinder said she drove by on Aug. 18 and saw it had been partly torn off. She fixed it up as best as she could and carried on.

The on Aug. 22 after work she drove by again, but it wasn’t until she got all the way home that it sunk in: The banner was gone.

“I have a really open heart but I was really upset to think that someone would steal it off the fence on purpose,” Pinder said Monday, pointing to the fact that it was obviously ripped off as the grommets and zap straps were left on the ground.

So why would someone steal a banner?

There seems to be no logical explanation for anyone to be opposed to the message, so there’s only one thing: “I’m thinking it’s used as a shelter. It’s about 30 feet long and I believe around three feet wide and really good quality, stronger than tarp material.

“I don’t understand why anyone would take it unless they needed it.”

The banner wasn’t terribly expensive at $400, but for a charity operating with zero budget that gives 82 cents on the dollar earned to cancer research, $400 is terribly expensive.

“Everything we do is begged and borrowed,” Pinder said. “Our runs are all volunteer operated.”

The other problem with the disappearance of the banner is it had the correct location for the Sept. 16 run, which unfortunately is incorrect in The Chilliwack Leisure Guide ad. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. and is at its regular location at The Landing Sports Centre (on Spadina Avenue) not The Landing Leisure Centre (on Corbould Street).

As for the banner, Pinder said that story has a bit of a happy ending in that local entrepreneur Barry Ross who runs Ross Graphics offered to donate a new banner. Pinder said the “amazing” offer is greatly appreciated and is very generous considering Ross runs a one-man operation.

“He has such a huge heart,” Pinder said.

The Chilliwack Terry Fox Run is Sept. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Landing Sports Centre. The fun event is suitable for bikes, wheelchairs/strollers, even rollerblades. Dogs on leash are also welcome. There are three distances: two kilometres, five kilometres and 10 kilometres.

Volunteers are always needed. You can email donna.white@terryfoxrun.org if you are interested.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 case confirmed at Highstreet Walmart in Abbotsford

Fraser Health sends out letter to those who might have had contact with individual

Racism wasn’t dealt with properly by school, says Chilliwack graduate

Woman tells story of being verbally assaulted at school for being black

Stray dog with duct tape around muzzle spotted in Abbotsford

Pooch has been spotted over two days, but has escaped capture so far

Call for support of Black Lives Matter movement in Mission

Over 200 signs hung around city showing solidarity with victims of police brutality

Investigators comb through Chilliwack house following standoff

RCMP say investigation involves report of an early morning shooting

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

New platform allows readers to make a one-time or ongoing donation to support local journalism

VIDEO: Pitt Meadows dentist gets grand welcome home after two-month COVID-19 battle

Michael Chow was given a surprise send off by hospital staff and ‘welcome home’ from neighbours

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

VIDEO: Revelstoke bear wanders into Animal House pet store

Staff got ready to chase it out with a broom

New study is first full list of species that only exist in Canada

Almost 40 per cent of them are critically imperilled or imperilled and eight are already extinct

Most Read