President, Bob Smith.

Since February 2016 volunteers of our Society have responded to requests for assistance from patients in need of cancer treatments, entering into  2019, we are assisting patients with more than 800 appointments per month. The growth in requests for our services has been rapid and challenging.  It is given by caring people who see the Society’s request for support as a gift of service and time that neighbours give to one another.  All of the volunteers offer emotional support to patients and often have to be a good listener as patients struggle with the threat of a life-ending illness.  As a group, we are all touched by the health challenge of our patients particularly when they are tending to a young family and carrying the anxiety of their diagnosis. 

George and Garth are accepting $5000 in Chevron Gas Certificates from the representative from Parkland Fuel Corporation, Shannon Urquhart, Community Affairs Lead. They are generously committing to another $5,000 in gas certificates this year to help alleviate the cost of gas for our volunteer drivers. Thank you for your support!

 

We are incredibly honoured and grateful to be part of this event. Thank you for the nomination and for allowing our story to be told. Also to the donor matching the funds you are also amazing!

Congratulations to our Spring Event winner, Cancer Driver Society. Not only will they walk away with $10,000 for their organization, but we also have a donor matching tonight’s funds to be split between all three charities #GiveADamn

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PIFinancial

The VCDS have been awarded the first prize of $10,000 from PI FInancial through its "Pays It Forward Program". Thanks to George Garrett and George McAffer, the dynamic duo, for making a compelling presentation and for always putting their best foot forward.

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Burquitlam Safeway welcomed members of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society and invited customers to make donations to support our service to cancer patients and their families.

Milestone

A line in an old Al Jolson song says, “I’d walk a million miles for one of your smiles.”

We’re smiling a lot at the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. Our wonderful volunteer drivers have just reached a milestone…over a million kilometres driven since our inception nearly three years ago. We have grown to the point where we have 175 registered volunteer drivers who have made over 17,000 trips with cancer patients.

WhiteRockSingers

Wonderful day at a benefit concert for us by the White Rock Singers at the Peninsula United Church in the Crescent Beach area of Surrey. The church was packed..about 250 people who donated $2873.01 which will be matched by our great private sponsor in South Surrey. People appreciated such a good turnout from our organization. Bob and Pat Smith; George & Pat McAffer, Tom and drivers Sharon Beaudreau and Nancy Salmon all the way from Maple Ridge.

George Garret

Cancer drivers say Langley-Abbotsford is costliest to serve

Increased demand and rising gas costs could force all-volunteer service to dip into cash reserves

Higher gas prices and increased demand are squeezing the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS). George Garrett is the spokesperson for the organization and he joins us now to discuss how these new factors could force the all-volunteer service to dip into cash reserves.

Guest: George Garrett
Spokesperson for the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
Legendary CKNW reporter

Interview by Simi Sara CKNW. 

Have a listen to the interview here.

VolunteerDispatcher

It is with great regret that we say farewell to Dispatcher Amy Wong who will be resigning as of the end of August.  Amy has been one of our volunteer dispatchers since the beginning of VCDS and said...

“It is a great privilege for me to see the evolvement of VCDS into a very successful, well-organized charity organization. I feel very blessed that I can be part of it and come to know all the dedicated board members, drivers and dispatchers (even though I haven’t met many of them). Special thanks to all the Tri-Cities Drivers for their co-operation and dedication, which make my dispatching much easier.”

Newly trained backup Dispatcher and Tri-Cities driver Jacki Bostock has graciously agreed to accept the challenge of filling Amy’s shoes and they will make the transition in the coming weeks.

Thank you Amy for your tireless and dedicated service to the VCDS, and thank you Jacki!  

Two other drivers have offered to serve as backup dispatchers for us, Sharon Bourdeau and Jeff Laurie.  Visit the VCDS website for bio information on Jacki, Sharon and Jeff.

Thank you all for helping keep our drivers on the road to help ease the burden of cancer patients.

Cancer Drivers Society literally cleaned up at its first ever Celebrity Car Wash in White Rock.

Led by celebrities Gordie Hogg, MP for South Surrey-White Rock and Global TV weatherman Mark Madryga volunteers worked non-stop as customers drove in to have their vehicles washed. The community support was terrific, to the Semiahmoo Rotary and countless volunteers who help make these events happen, Thank You!

Celebrity Car Wash

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People were incredibly generous, donating more than $2,000 to the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. Donations were matched by a key supporter in South Surrey, doubling contributions to $4,000. The event was held at White Rock Volkswagen on 152 Street.

VCDS

The Celebrity Car Wash Event capped off a great week. On Tuesday, the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society was the beneficiary of a Butterfly Event at Peninsula Seniors Residence where more than $2,000 was raised.

President Bob Smith thanked both White Rock Volkswagen and the Peninsula Seniors Residence for their support. Smith said, “We especially want to thank our generous donors.”

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