Little Fox Run fills Willows field with fun and fundraising

Oak Bay preschoolers learn about charity with play

The Oak Bay Preschool Little Foxes Run

The Oak Bay Preschool Little Foxes Run

The little ones at Oak Bay Preschool are learning all about being a hero this week – without the cape.

The pint-sized lessons include the story of Terry Fox, leading up to the parent-owned preschool’s Little Fox Run scheduled for Sunday.

“The Little Fox Run, for us, is going to be more about teaching our preschoolers about doing something worthwhile for somebody else, a cause, and learning about the word ‘charity’ through experiencing the event,” said parent Lisette Hay.

“They’re learning right now about what charity is and that you can be a hero without being a superhero. You can do something for somebody else and be their hero.”

The Little Fox Run starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 and festivities run until noon in the field on the Cadboro Bay Road side of École Willows Elementary School.

Youngsters enjoy throwing loonies in the wishing well; hand stamps for every lap completed; karaoke and music during the run; and a little playtime in the Willows playground alongside traditional, and ever-popular, face-painting. A potluck follows the 20-minute run.

“Everybody is welcome to come. I know there are some parents and students from last year who want to attend,” Hay said. “It was a fun event for everybody last year.”

Participants can fill out a donation card at a registration table and don a sticker of support to show who they are running in honour of, if they choose to pick a family member or friend affected by cancer.

For every lap completed in the ‘Terry Toddle,’ kids receive a fun hand stamp.

“I’m just praying it doesn’t rain but you really can’t do anything about that,” Hay said with a laugh.

The second annual Little Fox Run is Sept. 27.

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