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100 drivers in 100 days: Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society calls for help in Tri-Cities, Burnaby and New West

This year, the society is expected to get 29,000 ride requests from cancer patients across the region.
Port Moody-Larry Coleman (Mario Bartel photo)
Larry Coleman of Port Moody is a longtime driver for the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society.

A non-profit organization that helps cancer patients get to their appointments safely, on time and without cost is calling for help.

Today (March 27), the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS) launched a campaign to recruit 100 new drivers in 100 days.

The need for drivers is especially urgent in the Tri-Cities, Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver and Richmond.

VCDS president Bob Smith said the group can’t meet demand; this year, it’s expected to get 29,000 ride requests from cancer patients across the region.

Smith said most of its 350 member drivers are from the Fraser Valley.

“We believe access to essential cancer treatment shouldn’t be an additional burden for cancer patients and their families,” Smith said.

“We are dedicated to helping all cancer patients in need, so we really need help from more drivers.”

Candidates must:

  • be at least 21 years old with five years of driving experience
  • have a trustworthy vehicle with at least $3 million in third-party liability insurance
  • be a good listener, empathetic and reliable
  • be double vaccinated against COVID-19
  • provide a criminal record check

Volunteer drivers receive a vehicle allowance of 55 cents per kilometre, as well as complimentary parking at cancer centres.

To apply, you can visit Volunteer Cancer Drivers' website and fill out the online form.