We are so grateful for all the support we've received that has allowed us to do the following in the past year:
Today is a sad day for all who knew Al Gowler. A Volunteer Driver who
passed away on December 10th, from a heart attack brought on by the lung disease he had been dealing with for many years.
One of his patients, whom he drove to his treatments and Dr, visits for many years, said : 'Al Gowler, a member of your dedicated team of drivers, was a caring person and had tirelessly served others in spite of his own personal health challenges. I am saddened by his death.'
His volunteer driving spanned over 14 years and saw hundreds of his patients receive safe, reliable and no-cost transportation to their treatments.
He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.
As of October, 2016 the reach of our work has expanded since we last reported in April.
In the month of October, we had:
51 drivers, making 369 trips amounting to 17,623.9 Kms!
We continue to receive heartwarming letters from our clients and their family members.
Please click here to read their messages, and click here to become a supporter.
Thank you to all our supporters for allowing us to do this important work.
Back on November 8th, the Peninsula Seniors Residence made a very generous donation to our cause - we are so grateful for their important support!
In the month of April – only our second month in operation! – 36 active drivers directed by 6 wonderful dispatchers did an amazing 208 drives totalling almost 15,000 km!
May is on track to be an even bigger month.
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers for all of their hard work. Their efforts meant many patients got to vital appointments in a safe and stress-free way. Our volunteers are an essential part of their continuum of care. A special thanks goes out to those drivers who were able to donate all or a portion of their mileage reimbursement. They are truly angels in disguise.
Of course funding continues to be our biggest challenge and now we have a new fast and easy way for our patients and associates to support us with a financial contribution. Please check out and spread the word about our new Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/vcdsBC.
A sincere thanks to all our volunteers and supporters for all they do.
Click here to read the story on line: http://www.surreyleader.com/community/370669311.html or here to download the PDF.
Click here to read and hear the story.
On February 24, 2016 Global News talked to our volunteer drivers John MacInnes and George Garrett as well as our client Myra Ford about our launch! Read more here or by clicking the picture below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Families fighting cancer need help beyond treatment. They need convenient, compassionate and affordable transportation. That’s why the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society has been formed. Beginning February 29th cancer patients on the North Shore, in the Tri-cities, Surrey, Delta, Langley and White Rock will be offered free round trip transportation from their home to treatment facilities. A similar service was discontinued in October of last year, leaving patients without affordable transportation.
President Garth Pinton of the new Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society knows first hand the importance of free transportation. He was a volunteer driver in the previous program as were many others who have stepped up to volunteer in the newly-formed Society. Pinton recalls speaking with a mother whose son was receiving cancer treatment. She told him, “I was taking my son to the hospital so often. It really saved me money at a difficult time in my life.”
Now thanks to volunteer drivers willing to donate their time, cancer patients will once again have this invaluable service.
For information on how to register, to volunteer as a driver or provide financial support please call 604-515-5400 or visit www.volunteercancerdrivers.ca.
Contributions may be made at any branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).
Download this news as a PDF here.