Cancer drivers get funding support from Township of Langley

Region-wide volunteer program provided more than 300 rides for cancer patients during the month of October

A $2,500 grant for the newly formed Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS) has been approved by Langley Township council to help the registered charity cover the cost of providing free rides for cancer patients undergoing treatment.

“We are grateful and very busy,” said society vice-president George Garrett.

The society had applied for support in July, after the deadline for grant applications to the Township had expired.

Garrett and director John MacInnes told Township council they were late because their program didn’t get going until January, in response to the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) decision to cancel its volunteer driver program to save money.

The more than 50 drivers for the new service provided over 300 cancer patients with free rides in October, including 41 people in Langley City and Township, 17 in Abbotsford/Mission, and 143 in Surrey, White Rock and Delta.

The 41 cents a kilometre rate the registered charity wants to pay the drivers, along with covering the cost of bridge tolls, will run about $90,000 to $100,000 a year, the society estimates.

So far, the VCDS has obtained funding from several sources including Delta, Surrey, North Vancouver city, North Vancouver district, as well as the Surrey and Langley Township firefighters charities.

Garrett said the drivers also intend to apply to Langley City for assistance.

The VCDS obtained registered charity status on June 13.

The new service operates in Langley, Abbotsford, Surrey, White Rock, Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody, the North Shore, Delta and part of New Westminster.

Service to other communities in the Lower Mainland is offered by the Freemason’s Cancer Car Program.

Just Posted

Woman found dead in Okanagan Lake identified as Surrey resident

Police ‘do not believe criminality was involved’ in the death of 29-year-old Caitlin Bradley

‘I feel ready for it’: On a BMX, Surrey man is ‘Cycling for Sobriety’ across Canada

Mat Fee will depart Halifax on May 1 to raise money and awareness for John Volken Academy

Students run blood, stem cell donor drive at Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade

Volunteer youth group One Blood for Life aims to create a more ethnically diverse stem cell registry

Surrey prayer vigil planned to honour hundreds killed in Sri Lanka bombings

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday night at Holland Park

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Anti-SOGI activist slams ban on B.C. dad speaking out about transgender son’s case

A judge has told the father to stop publicly objecting to his son’s gender

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Victims injured in Lower Mainland deck collapse ranged from 15 to 83 years old

Victim Services staff have reached out to those hurt and their families

‘Ghost restaurants’ cooked up by Joseph Richard Group to meet demand of delivered food

The new Meal Ticket Brands venture aims to ‘disrupt’ the local restaurant industry

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Torched SUV linked to Vancouver’s fourth homicide

Manoj Kumar, 30, was found dead from gunshot wounds in the Kitsilano neighbourhood

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Most Read