Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Red Cross needs help to provide its services
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 29 Sep 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, Have you thought about when you get older? Have you considered the problems that come with aging? White hair, failing hearing, a cane, possibly even a walker or wheelchair? One that you might not have considered is losing your driver's licence due to failing eyesight. What happens if you need to see your doctor, but cannot drive yourself or have enough money to pay for a taxi? Who would you phone for help? Your children? Spouse? Friends? If you have those people around you who can jump in their car and come over to help, that's wonderful, but what if you do not have anyone who can help you? Who do you call then? If you are one of the many elderly people living in Georgetown and Acton areas, you call the Red Cross office in Milton and request a ride. We provide around 1,000 rides per month in the North Halton area at reasonable rates-- but we need to provide more. The need for transport is more than we can provide due to low numbers of volunteer drivers in Georgetown and Acton, and a growing number of elderly and frail members of the public. The Red Cross Society has been providing transportation within our community for many years, but we need more volunteer drivers to continue. Just consider for a moment if we can no longer provide this valuable service? What happens when YOU are older and can no longer drive? What do YOU do then? Help those around you, call the Red Cross Society at 905-875-1459 to offer your services. If WE continue to volunteer, we will encourage the younger generations to volunteer-- and that's who will take YOU when YOU need help. Judith Dobbs Co-ordinator, Training Institute Volunteer Recruitment Region of Peel Branch

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Red Cross needs help to provide its services