At Kijiji, we’re always amazed when we hear inspiring stories about Local Heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in order help others in their community. In this week’s Local Heroes Inside Story, we head to Calgary, where one extraordinary Kijiji user has dedicated the past three years to finding a cure for cancer.
In October 2007, Celeste Goodhope underwent a mammography to determine whether a lump found in her breast was cancerous. Weeks later as she went in for a follow up, she ran into a friend who revealed that she had just been diagnosed with cervical cancer. While Celeste’s lump turned out to be benign, the impact of that day became an inspiration for her to help others affected, by raising funds for cancer research.
Celeste began charity bike rides to further her fundraising in early 2011; the focus of her LH story – Gratitude is an Action. While friends and family supported her yearly rides from their own pocket, Celeste felt that there was a bigger opportunity to help raise money through starting bottle drives in which members of the Calgary community would donate their used beer and wine bottle deposits to a good cause.
Starting with the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers ride and The Ride to Conquer Cancer; Celeste has been able to raise more than $13, 000 over the past three years through her bottle drives. Using Kijiji to advertise her cause, Celeste drives across Calgary to collect bottles from those who have responded and returns them to her local depot.
While the community around Celeste enables her to make such a tremendous contribution to cancer research, it’s her ongoing supporters – including those current battling the disease – which have had the most profound impact on her, allowing her to strive harder year after year.
As Celeste continues to train towards her 2014 ride next month (for which she has already raised an estimated $5600 through Kijiji bottle drives alone), we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her, and salute her as a true Local Hero in the community. Well done Celeste!
Calgary! SUPPORT HER JOURNEY HERE.
Has someone like Celeste gone out of their way for a special cause in your community? Submit their Local Hero story today!