VCDS-CarWash

Community Car Wash

Sunday June 24th
White Rock Volkswagen, 2092 152 Street, Surrey.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

On Sunday June 24th, it will be all hands on deck at White Rock Volkswagen as dealership staffers, local Rotary volunteers and Gordie Hogg, MP for South Surrey White Rock pitch in to support The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society.

From 10:00 AM to 2:00 pm everyone is invited to come for a car wash at White Rock Volkswagen, take a selfie with your local MP, and support the volunteer drivers who take cancer patients to their medical appointments for free.  The price is by donation. The results can be life-saving.

“We’re grateful for the tremendous support from White Rock Volkswagen and Rotary as well as from many members of the business community who put up our posters.  We’re looking forward to a really fun and successful event,” said Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society president, Bob Smith.

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society provides free transportation to cancer patients who need a ride to and from their cancer treatments in most of the Lower Mainland.  Founded just over two years ago, the dedicated group of volunteer drivers and dispatchers handled 6,300 round trips in 2017, approximately 2,000 of which were from the Surrey/Delta area.

All VCDS volunteer drivers use their own vehicles and are not paid for their time.  To offset their cost of gas and insurance, the drivers are paid $0.44/km, an expense that costs the organization an average of $17,000 per month.

The White Rock VW car wash will help fund the volunteer drivers’ expenses.  

For more information contact

George Garrett
604-961-1660

 

Recently the North Shore News supported a plea for New Drivers living in the North Shore. Nobody understands more than Tina Poole, our North Shore volunteer dispatcher. 

“It’s very rewarding, you get to meet new people, it’s a relatively easy job on the physical side of things. … They’re all very nice clients, they’re all very grateful for our services,” Tina Poole 

Thank you Tina for such a heartfelt call for volunteer drivers in the North Shore, particularly West Vancouver. It is hard for a dispatcher not to be able to get cancer patients to their appointments, particularly after losing four drivers for that area in a short span of time. Lets help Tina get volunteer drivers for North and West Vancouver by spreading the word about the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society.

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We rely on the support of the local news to keep the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society in the spotlight.  What we do is so incredibly important to the families and cancer patients lives that we must drive down every avenue possible to continue on, both with funding and keeping our team of volunteer drivers on the road. Recently The Province and the Vancouver Sun put us in the spotlight with this headline.

"Extreme gasoline prices in Metro Vancouver are threatening the crucial service provided by the 148 volunteers who drive thousands of cancer patients to their treatments, says Pauline Buck of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. Its drivers covered 362,000 kilometres last year."

photo credit: The Province & Vancouver Sun 

“Some patients go 30 different times to their radiation treatments,” said Buck. “We are very appreciative of the generosity of the public and especially our drivers, who give both financially and of their time. We are keeping a close eye on the increasing cost of gas and hoping we won’t need to raise our allowance again soon.”  Pauline Buck - Communications Director and Board Member

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Recently Tina Lovgreen of CBC News wrote about the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society which featured Glen and Sharon Charlesworth, volunteer drivers from the Langley area. People like Elsie McPherson is what keeps this couple in the driver's seat.

For Elsie McPherson, 74, who has Angiosarcoma, a cancer of the inner lining of blood vessels, the program has been, in her own words, a "God-send." 

In the meantime read this excellent article, we hope it will inspire you to become a volunteer driver or perhaps make a donation to help keep us on the road.

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The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society is continuing to recruit volunteer drivers, in particular, long-distance drivers, to drive cancer patients to and from their medical appointments. You can apply directly on our website under the Volunteer tab. We look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteering Information

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society was formed in early 2016 to fulfil an urgent need for cancer patients for free transportation to and from treatment.

Our Founders Garth Pinton, George Garrett and the late John MacInnes were passionate about the welfare of cancer patients and decided to form our new Society. With very little money we began operations on February 29, 2016. Word spread quickly and the demand for our essential service grew quickly. In 2017 we had grown to the point of having 130 registered volunteer drivers, seven dispatchers and a Board of Directors of 10 experienced people, headed by President Bob Smith. Our service is widespread. We cover from North and West Vancouver to the Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and Mission on the north side of the Fraser River and the south shore from Abbotsford through Langley, Surrey, White Rock and Delta.

In 2017 our volunteer drivers completed 6,281 return trips taking cancer patients from their homes to treatment and back home again. Drivers wait while patients are being treated. Sometimes that is two or three hours. Drivers logged 362,852 kilometres in 2017 and put in 16,799 hours.

All of our people: drivers, dispatchers and directors are volunteers. We have no paid employees. We do not have an office. Dispatchers work from their own homes. Drivers use their vehicles. 93% of all funds we raise are used to compensate drivers for gas and minor maintenance. Many drivers, women and men donate part of that back to our Society. Only 7% of our funds are for administrative expenses.

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MISSION
We will provide free, safe timely and efficient transportation for patients to and from cancer-related treatment and doctors appointments throughout the Lower Mainland.

VISION
We are a Society of volunteers dedicated to meeting the transportation needs of cancer patients now and in the future.

VALUES
As dedicated Society Members, we value:

The opportunity to help cancer patients in their journey;
The generosity of our donors who make it all possible;
The time and commitment of fellow volunteers who keep our Mission alive;
The right to privacy for each of these stakeholders; And that together volunteers and donors can make a difference.

Norma MacInnes sits in front.

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society accepted a $1,500 donation from Cloverdale’s Envision Financial branch on Tuesday afternoon, awarded posthumously to the late John MacInnes for his outstanding work as a volunteer in his community.

To read more about this honour please visit the article

Thank you to the Port Moody firefighters for donating $1,000 to the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. Pictured are Wade Perrett; Steve Dynie; Dorian Locke; Tyler Doud; driver Larry Coleman; and George Garrett, VCDS society vice-president.

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Thank you to the many papers who support the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society with our ongoing search for volunteer drivers and dispatchers.  The demand for volunteer drivers is high. Fulfilling the growing need for people with cancer who rely on this free service makes getting the word out even more important.  

The Langley Times recently wrote about us with the main topic being...

"Cancer drivers needed in Langley area. Charity issues call for volunteers willing to make longer trips into Vancouver

To continue reading please visit the Langley Times article.

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(White Rock, BC) The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation has awarded the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society a $30,000 grant over the next three years.

Bob Smith, President of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS) expressed his gratitude, saying it was the first multi-year grant given to the Society. He said, “Our Mission is to provide free, safe, timely and efficient transportation for patients to and from cancer related treatments throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.” Smith noted 87 cancer patients in South Surrey/White Rock were given free rides in September.

The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation says it places high value on the service provided by the Volunteer Cancer Drivers.

“The Foundation’s mission is to support projects and initiatives that enhance the health and wellness of our community,” said Stephanie Beck, Executive Director of Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. “The service that the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society offers is so important and we are thrilled to provide funding through our Healthy Community Grants program.”

Media contact: Bob Smith 604-536-0563

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Big guys with big hearts make a BIG donation!

VCDS Board Member, George Garrett, is flanked by twins Jamie & Chris and their friend Greg as the boys presented a cheque for $15,000 for the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. The twins have raised over $1.8 million in honour of their mother who died of cancer. They raise money by staging fundraising events such 'Gone Country' this past July. Check out their website at https://twinscancerfundraising.com

Many thanks to the boys on behalf of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society...our volunteer drivers, dispatchers and most of all our cancer patients who rely on us for free transportation to and from treatment. We appreciate the support so much!

Image from Surrey Leader

The Ladies’ Auxiliary to Royal Canadian Legion Cloverdale Branch No. 6 awarded $19,000 to local community members, students and organizations at their third-annual donation ceremony on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. President, Garth Pinton and Vice President, George Garret were on hand to receive a cheque for $1000.00. Thank you for your generous gift.

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