THE Cancer Council’s annual Daffodil Day fundraiser was held nationwide last Friday, and here in South Gippsland was welcomed by sunny, dry weather – a big improvement on Daffodil Day of 2013 which was accompanied by wind and rain.
The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for all touched by cancer and funds raised enable the Cancer Council to continue its work in cancer research, providing patient support programs and prevention programs to all Australians. Daffodil Day helps grow hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors and hope for a cure.
Daffodil Day is the largest national fundraising event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and this year over 10,000 volunteers manned 12,000 stalls nationwide in an effort to raise the target figure of $9.7million.
In total, local volunteers raised approximately $2174. This figure includes the $650 raised by volunteers at the Fish Creek street stall which later continued inside Fish Creek Hotel. Deanne Staley was the winner of the raffle and took home a plant kindly donated by Prom View Nursery.
“Thanks to all the volunteers who helped in the tasks on and before the day, and to all those who supplied daffodils,” said local Daffodil Day volunteer Jenny Mountford who, with Joan Webley, manned the stall in Main Street, Foster.
“The daffodils are a bit slow this year, so there were fewer to sell, however we made more than last year, as people wonderfully still donated handsomely to the cause.
“Thanks to all those people who bought flowers, pens and pins as there would be no money raised for cancer research if people did not participate,” Jenny said, adding that she is humbled every year by people’s generosity.
“No doubt we are all touched by cancer if some way and want to see it beaten,” she added.
As The Mirror goes to press, the Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day takings have not yet been tallied, but the organisation is very hopeful that its national target of $9.7million will be reached.
Every dollar helps in the fight against cancer and donations can be made at any time by visiting www.daffodilday.cancercouncil.com.au/donate-now