Kal Tire’s Road Heroes Contest: Volunteer Drivers Celebrated

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You nominated them and now this Canada Day, Kal Tire is celebrating everyday Canadians who have hit the road to help other Canadians. Kal Tire’s Road Heroes Contest is recognizing and awarding prizes to eight deserving volunteers and their volunteer organizations.

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Three times a week, Randy Scharf climbs into a van and drives crates of food from the Meals on Wheels kitchen to the depot in Vancouver’s Eastside across from Oppenheimer Park. From there, other drivers pick up and then deliver hot, healthy meals to the doors of seniors in need.

Whether it was single moms needing a ride to radiation treatment, seniors awaiting a warm, healthy meal, or youth with different abilities participating in social activities. Kal Tire’s contest entrants drove 566,000 kilometres in the last year alone to help people in need!

Many of the contest nominees are seniors themselves and have been a volunteer driver for more than 10 years—some for more than 35 years—and have collectively logged a distance equivalent to driving from Vancouver to Halifax and back 46 times.

“We were amazed at the stories and efforts of the volunteers who drive to help people in need in Canada,” says Kevin McCarty, senior specialist, Corporate Social Responsibility, Kal Tire.

“They give so much of their time and they’re such a vital part of our communities. We wanted to support them and help make it easier for them to continue doing this important work.”


Three top prizes were awarded:

  1. Trevor West; Edmonton, AB; Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope
  2. Randy Scharf; Richmond, BC; Health & Home Care Society of BC (Meals on Wheels)
  3. Diane Thompson; Dunsford, ON; Community Care Health & Care Network

These three winners each enjoy a prize package for their personal vehicle that includes a new set of tires, a wheel alignment, oil changes for a year, summer and winter wiper blades, a brake replacement and a $500 donation to their volunteer organization.

West, Scharf and Thompson’s stories are featured in a moving but fun video alongside Canada’s social media superstar Brittlestar.

Five runner up prizes were also awarded:

  1. Wendy Ireland; Surrey, BC; The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
  2. Peter Simpson; Surrey, BC; The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
  3. Barbara Gray; Calgary, AB; Canadian Cancer Society
  4. George Spence; Kingston, Ontario; Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
  5. Joe Hall; Milton, Ontario; Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope
Wendy Ireland is part of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS). She drives patients three or four days per week and she also coordinates up to 50 rides shared among volunteers. “The average person will have to through 25 to 30 treatments and they can’t miss a day—it’s very important—but families just can’t do it all and that’s where we step up. “

These five runner-up winners each enjoy a new set of tires and a wheel alignment for their personal vehicle and a $500 donation to their volunteer organization.

Kal Tire would like to keep the momentum rolling, and hear about a volunteer in your life who deserves some recognition.

To nominate someone, visit the Miss604 Facebook Page here and leave a comment. Tag your nominee if you can, and tell Miss604 and Kal Tire a little bit about them.

I’ll draw one winner at random, from all Facebook entries on July 26, 2019, who will receive an oil change and roadside safety kit to be provided by Kal Tire (value $300).

For more information about Kal Tire’s Road Heroes, follow Kal Tire on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

UPDATE The winner is Tamara from the Dixon Transition Society!

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  1. Cheryl GFriday, July 5th, 2019 — 11:39am PDT

    I would like to nominate my daughter Danielle! [email protected].
    She just finished her first year as a teacher. I am so proud of her. All her weekends and evening are spent volunteering with her partner, Luci Cadman of the North Shore Black Bear Society. She spends her time canvassing and educating the public about learning to live with the bears. She has brought all this knowledge into her classroom and has taught her students to enjoy and respect nature. Danielle does a lot of driving to reach different communities. She could really use Kal Tire’s prize. Thanks!

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