Volunteers needed for cancer campaign

Last April Columbia Valley area volunteers raised a staggering $14,000, the second highest total in British Columbia.

Every April thousands of volunteers rally together in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) annual door-to-door fundraising campaign to eradicate cancer.

Last April Columbia Valley area volunteers raised a staggering $14,000, the second highest total in British Columbia that year. Susan Moore, co-ordinator of volunteer engagement for Canadian Cancer Society’s B.C. and Yukon division, expects that this year will be no different.

“The Columbia Valley volunteers have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their support of the CCS. They consistently excel in reaching and exceeding objectives with fundraising, community initiatives and health promotion, says Moore.

“They have been amazing ambassadors for cancer research development, and their support is helping to improve the quality of life for so many people.”

The campaign not only raises money for cancer research development but also helps to promote the importance of community outreach and healthy living choices. Volunteers also provide information to cancer patients, who may not know what options are available to them.

On top of canvassing for funds and spreading awareness CCS volunteers also played a large role in the fight to get cancer-causing cosmetic pesticides banned in B.C. and making indoor tanning illegal for people under the age of 18.

These volunteers continue to make a difference every day but this year the CCS is trying to engage a wide variety of volunteers.

Right now the majority of volunteers are mature females, Moore says. But as cancer moves indiscriminately throughout every demographic of people, she is hoping to find volunteers to reach every community touched by cancer.

To get involved in this year’s door-to-door campaign contact Moore at smoore@bc.cancer.ca or by calling 1-800-656-6426.

 

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