August Civic Holiday will be now Known as Terry Fox Day
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The August Civic Holiday (better known as August Long Weekend), which takes place on the first Monday in August, will be now known as Terry Fox Day in Manitoba.

The holiday is already known by many names in different provinces… it’s about time Manitoba got its own name as well. It’s called Regatta Day in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan Day in Saskatchewan, British Columbia Day in BC, Natal Day in Nova Scotia and PEI, Simcoe Day in Toronto, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Heritage Day in Alberta, Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, ON and Benjamin Vaughan Day in the City of Vaughan, Ontario.

Terry Fox is a true Canadian hero. The Winnipeg-born athlete was only 22 when he died in 1981. His death came during his attempt to run across Canada on one leg in the Marathon of Hope.

The annual Terry Fox Run has now raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the years for cancer research. This years Terry Fox Run will take place at Assiniboine Park on September 14, 2014. Unlike other charity runs, it has no entry fee and no minimum donation.