Giving Tuesday launches in Canada

29 November 2013


With the holiday season fast approaching, a special national day of charity has been created.  Tuesday, December 3 has been designated the first annual Giving Tuesday in Canada.  The idea comes from a similar day launched in the U.S. last year.

Giving Tuesday is a day when Canadians are encouraged to find ways to give back to charitable causes that are important to them, whether through donations or volunteering. The Canadian Cancer Society in Saskatchewan would like Canadians to remember all those touched by cancer at this holiday time, and especially on this special day of charity.

 “Every 14 minutes another resident of Saskatchewan hears the words ‘you have cancer,’” says Keith Karasin, executive director, Canadian Cancer Society. “Donors are essential to the Society’s success and on this special day of charity we urge Canadians to give generously so we can continue our work to stop cancer in its tracks.”



Saskatchewan donors are making a difference in the lives of cancer patients in Saskatchewan.   



Last fall Marlene Sansregret was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a mastectomy, she needed radiation treatment five days a week for five weeks.  For Marlene and her husband that meant she needed to travel a three-hour journey from Cabri to Regina to get to her treatments. They weren’t comfortable driving in the city. A taxi would have been impossibly expensive and they weren’t confident taking public transit.



But Marlene didn’t have to worry. She used the Society’s volunteer driver program, part of our Getting to Treatment program. Our friendly volunteer drivers are a vital lifeline, providing rides when cancer patients are unable to drive themselves to and from treatment.  Marlene didn’t have to worry about how she would travel to treatment. She enjoyed precious time with her family instead. “It’s a stressful enough time as it is,” says Marlene. “It’s all new, the diagnosis, the treatment. It’s such a relief not to have to worry about how we would get to my appointments.”



Last year more than 750 people in Saskatchewan got the help they needed to get to treatment. This holiday season, the Canadian Cancer Society urgently needs to raise $80,000 to continue to support this vital program for the people of Saskatchewan.

All Canadians, including businesses, media and individuals, are encouraged to join in making a pledge to make Canada’s first annual Giving Tuesday a great success.

To support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Getting to Treatment program on Giving Tuesday and make sure more people like Marlene can benefit from this critical program, please visit www.GiftForLife.ca.


About the Getting to Treatment program

Getting to treatment can be devastatingly difficult. If someone is on a fixed income or doesn’t have family to help it may even be impossible. With the help of our dedicated donors, the Canadian Cancer Society offers the Getting to Treatment program to help people who don’t have a car or are simply to sick to drive.


In the past year, volunteer drivers provided 11,611 rides to 579 cancer patients, 318 of those from rural Saskatchewan. Also 221 cancer patients and 35 caregivers received much-needed financial assistance with the costs of transportation and accommodation.

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive.