After fifty years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Canada, the two countries continue to work together to enact positive social change; this time around, Thailand and Canada banded together again in the fight against cancer.
In Thailand, Bangkok’s Cancer Care Run is the successor to the Terry Fox Run – the famous annual charity event started in memory of Canadian Terry Fox. In 1981, Fox undertook a high-profile run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research, despite having himself lost a leg to cancer. To this day, people all around the world gather to run as part of the effort to raise funds for cancer research.
Organized by the Four Seasons Hotel and the Thai Red Cross Society, and co-sponsored by The Embassy of Canada, the Cancer Care Run has taken place in Bangkok for the last fourteen years, with proceeds this year going to the Genetic Cancer Research Centre at King Chulalongkorn Hospital.
The Embassy gave a strong showing of its support for the fight against cancer, with staff both Canadian and local (as well as colleagues from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs), turning out for the event. The team proudly sported specially-designed t-shirts commemorating this year’s 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Canada.
With special participation from Canadian Ambassador Ron Hoffmann and other foreign Ambassadors, runners were suffused in optimism, enthusiastic about doing their part in the fight against cancer, in an effort that unites individuals in countries all around the world.