Bruce Allen Comment on CKNW
February 13, 2019
"This is Bruce Allen with your Reality Check on CKNW, one more time from Tampa, Florida. Years ago George Garrett was the number one reporter for CKNW. After 43 years George may not be chasing police cars or ambulances anymore but he is out there chasing dollars for a very good cause. George is the Chief Fundraiser for a group of dedicated citizens who spend a lot of their spare time as volunteer cancer drivers. It seems that not a week goes by without hearing about cancer sufferers or people who have learned they have this insidious disease. Treatment for cancer can not only be painful, debilitating, your energy gone, your ability to get around is impossible without help. De-funded by the Canadian Cancer Society two years ago (now there’s a head scratcher) these volunteers have picked up the slack. The increasing automobile insurance rates and ever-increasing gasoline prices has been very challenging for the volunteers. The Volunteer Cancer Drivers have a $300,000 budget. Because they are viewed as medical transportation and not limited to elderly persons, the cancer transportation people are not funded by the United Way, yet another head-scratcher. The money comes in dribs and drabs, a hundred dollars here, a hundred dollars there, some from foundations and corporations and some city monies. But it’s a struggle. They need twenty grand a month just to break even. The disease seems to touch everybody these days but does not seem like a lot of money but it’s a full time job for the Board to keep the Volunteer Cancer Drivers going. Thanks to Province writer Randy Shore for bringing this matter to my attention in his article last month. One thing for sure. This grinding for dollars should not be happening in today’s British Columbia."
photo credit: Jason Payne
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