I would like to take this time to thank the Penticton community and surrounding areas for all their support in this past year. You are all amazing residents of your city and have responded to our appeal for help with our fundraising events and with financial support.
Our door-to-door campaign, Daffodil Pin and live-cut daffodils in April were all a great success due to the volunteers and the financial donations. Thank you.
Our Relay For Life in May was also a great success with over 42 teams, 250 participants and many more volunteers and the donations. Thank you so much to the community.
I am sure that most of you have in some way been “touched by cancer” and that is what brought you out to volunteer and donate so generously. There are always others needing that help and support in our community and we want to be able to keep servicing them. With your help we can do this and make cancer history.
The benefits of volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society are: wanting to share the strength and courage that comes from surviving cancer; sharing or learning new skills; developing experience in organizing events; making your community a better place; trying out new ways of doing things; building a stronger resume; contributing to a cause that has affected a friend or family member; enhancing leadership abilities and joining a team to make things happen; meeting new people; being part of a nationally respected organization; gaining satisfaction through touching lives and making a difference; and responding to a request for help.
We are once again in need of many volunteers to help keep our unit office open and to help support those that have been diagnosed with cancer, have cancer or know someone who has. Perhaps you have been touched in some way with cancer and would like to help others to make a difference in their lives.
Some of the positions we are looking for are: co-chair of fundraising events; co-chair of health-related events; chair and/or two co-chairs of door-to-door campaign; chair and/or two co-chairs of Daffodil Pin campaign; office volunteers; treasurer assistant; co-chair office co-ordinator/volunteer engagement; and volunteers to assist with health and fundraising events.
We are also looking for cancer survivors who are one year out of major treatment to volunteer with the peer support program Cancer Connections.
You can volunteer for as little as two hours or as much as you would like, our needs are very flexible. Call 250-490-9681 if you are interested.
Come join a group of wonderful volunteers and join the fight against cancer.
Marlene Gawley, Penticton unit president
Canadian Cancer Society