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NOTL to raise a flag for Cancer Awareness Month
Sheila Tierney, chair, NOTL Canadian Cancer Society (Brittany Carter/NiagaraNow)

April is cancer awareness month and the Niagara-on-the-Lake chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society is revving up for a major push for donations.

The organization has been in operation in NOTL since the 1950s. Chair Sheila Tierney said the group raised $31,000 last year through the daffodil pin drive, door-to-door canvasing and donations.

Throughout April, volunteers in NOTL will set out in their neighbourhoods to seek donations for the cause.

“We have several ways of raising money, but the residential campaign brings in the most for our branch. That’s what we start doing in April.”

The group is very much in need of more volunteers and canvassers, and Tierney said she would love to see more residents join the efforts.

“We would like to have people to volunteer for these fundraising projects. Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to be on our planning committee, that would be good, too.”

Right now, she said the charity has 85 canvassers making their way across town throughout the campaign.

Taking the time to acknowledge and commend current volunteers and campaign members, Tierney said she is grateful to the people who come out to raise money for the cause.

She said the organization will hold its daffodil pin sale on Saturday, March 30. Volunteers will be out from open to close at Harvest Barn on Niagara Stone Road, Hendrik’s Valu-Mart on Queen Street and Phil’s Valu-Mart in Virgil.

On April 1 at 11:30 a.m., there will be a flag raising at the town offices in Virgil, with Lord Mayor Betty Disero in attendance.