July 20, 2020 – Forty years ago, Terry Fox travelled through Wilmot Township as he made his way across eastern Canada during his Marathon of Hope.
He ran through the area on July 20, 1980. Four decades later, the township has put up a plaque in a park near his route.
The plaque unveiling at Petersburg Park in Wilmot Township
On July 20, 1980, crowds gathered as Fox ran through New Hamburg, Baden and Petersburg, stopping for a rest break in New Dundee. Fox ran down Snyder’s Road when he passed through the township in 1980. The plaque is only a few hundred yards from that route.
The plaque has a quote from Fox, reading, “Dreams are made possible if you try.”
Local companies donated time and materials to make the project a reality.
New Hamburg’s Riverside Brass produced the plaque for free, while the granite rock that the memorial is mounted on was donated and put into place by Petersburg’s Tri City Materials.
Cancer survivor Nancy Brodrecht unveiled the new Terry Fox Memorial at Petersburg Park
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