Time to help organize a charity event?

The Terry Fox Foundation is looking for a volunteer run organizer in Kamloops for the annual run, which takes place in September.

This year's national Terry Fox Run Day will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18, and needs an organizer to help increase awareness about this event. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization and 84 cents of every dollar raised is donated to cancer research. Community involvement is needed to maintain the level of donations the event contributes toward cancer research.

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Those interested can email hamed.amiri@terryfoxrun.org.

Clothesline has expanded in Kamloops, adding pickup to its drop-off bins in town. Clothesline is a program that picks up used clothing and small household items, which are then sold, with all the proceeds going to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Household pick-ups are free and can be arranged by calling 1-800-5055525 or by going online to diabetes.ca/clothesline. Kamloops residents can also go online to diabetes.ca/dropbox to find the location of their nearest clothing donation box.

In Canada, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions -- with an estimated 11-million people living with diabetes or prediabetes.

Another Canadian is diagnosed with diabetes every three minutes. Diabetes increases a person's risk for many serious complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure leading to dialysis and blindness.

"It is important to us that we not only raise funds for diabetes, but that we do so in a way that makes a positive difference to the environment by diverting items from our landfills," said Ed Laverock, operations manager for Kamloops Clothesline.

Proceeds raised from Clothesline help the Canadian Diabetes Association send more than 2,400 children and youth with type 1 diabetes to the CDA's D-Camps, summer and family camps offered across Canada where kids meet and are inspired by each other to manage their diabetes well in a medically supervised setting.

Additionally, funds raised have helped the Canadian Diabetes Association fund $130 million over the last 40 years in world-leading Canadian research that has contributed to the development of new treatments and devices, ways to prevent type 2 diabetes and search for a cure. Until July 31, residents can participate in the Clothesline contest, "Where will your donation take you?", for a chance to win a $5,000 travel voucher that can be used anywhere around the world, or one of ten $500 VISA gift cards when they donate reusable clothing. Go online to diabetes.ca/pickitup for contest details.

The main types of diabetes are: Type 1 occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin, a hormone that controls the level of sugar in the blood. The cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown and it is not preventable. It most commonly begins in childhood and occurs when a person's immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. It is found in five to 10 per cent of Canadians with diabetes.

Type 2 occurs when the pancreas either cannot effectively use or produce enough insulin. The causes of type 2 diabetes can be genetic, behavioural and/or environmental. It usually develops in adulthood, although more children and adolescents are being diagnosed. It is found in approximately 90 per cent of Canadians living with diabetes.

Prediabetes occurs when an individual's blood sugar levels are elevated, but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes. About half of those with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes.

This year's Tim Hortons Camp Day raised $12.6 million for the Tim Horton Children's Foundation.

The June 1 event, the 25th annual, raised money via coffee sales at participating Tim Hortons restaurants, along with Camp Day bracelet sales and donations from guests and restaurant owners.

All proceeds will go to sending kids from low-income families to one of seven camps across North America this year.

In the past 25 years, more than $162 million has been raised -- including proceeds from this year -- to send more than 237,000 kids to camp.

If you get a call or email that sounds like a scam, it probably is. When the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) calls, it ensures personal information is protected. The CRA will never: o Ask for personal information by email or text message; o Request payment by prepaid credit card; o Share tax information with another person or organization, unless you have agreed that it can be shared; o Leave personal information on an answering machine; o Threaten with police arrest or use nasty language.

When in doubt, check My Account or call 1-800-959-8281. To report scams, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at antifraudcentre.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501. If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information by mistake, contact the local police department. Kamloops RCMP can be reached by calling 250-828-3000. For more information, go online to cra.gc.ca/fraudprevention.

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