The Freemasons Lodge Heather has handed over $15,000 to help Cancer Council Tasmania run a new transport2treament program.
The program provides transport support to Tasmanians facing hardship in getting to and from cancer treatments and appointments.
Cancer Council chief executive Penny Egan said that the donation would go a long way to helping those living with cancer.
"It's a free service and is made possible, thanks to volunteer drivers," she said.
"In the last financial year, t2t drivers drove the equivalent distance of six times around the world, visiting 156 different Tasmanian suburbs and towns."
Anka Coonan was the first volunteer driver for the service in Launceston and still drives today.
Mr Coonan, his wife and his son have all personally experienced cancer, which inspired Mr Coonan to help others going through it.
"Having been through cancer myself I know how hard it is," he said.
"In some cases people don't have anyone to bring them in or drop them home, so by me coming to get them it gets rid of that stress.
"I've been a driver for five years and I love it. Helping those that need help is very rewarding."
Mr Coonan said that the emotional and physical toll of having to travel for appointments can be immense.
"Driving a long way, parking and even walking into the cancer centre can be hard work and very draining when you are going through treatment, it knocks it out of you," he said.
"By doing this service we are here to ensure that they don't have to feel like that, and makes what they are going through a bit easier."
Freemasons Lodge Heather's Bevan Duncan said they were proud to be able to help those in need.
"We heard that the Cancer Council was in need of funds for the car and we thought what a great way to help," he said.
The Launceston t2t vehicle is used everyday and also travels to Campbell Town, Ross, Scottsdale, Low Head, George Town and Deloraine.
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