Use of Wheels of Hope transport urged for Island cancer patients

Volunteer drivers sought

MANITOULIN—The Wheels of Hope Program, through the Sudbury and District Canadian Cancer Society, is a volunteer driving program providing cancer patients rides to cancer related appointments in Sudbury, but isn’t being utilized to its full potential by Islanders.

“It has come to our attention that many clients from Manitoulin Island aren’t aware of the program and are struggling to make appointments,” explained Lindsay Jones, volunteer engagement coordinator with the Sudbury and District Canadian Cancer Society. “There is no registration fee on Manitoulin for the program, we simply ask that individuals sign over their travel grant to the Cancer Society which goes towards paying for the gas. The Cancer Society pays any additional costs,” added Paula Cunningham, transportation coordinator for the program.

Ms. Cunningham explained that the Island has volunteer drivers, but is always seeking more and provides training.

“Our tagline for the program is ‘neighbours, driving neighbours’ and this is really the case on Manitoulin,” said Ms. Cunningham.

Anyone interested in more information about receiving a driver or becoming a volunteer driver can contact the Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District, at 705-670-1234.