Text a do­na­tion and sup­port Daf­fodil Day

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THE Cancer Coun­cil is gear­ing up to cel­e­brate 30 years of its sig­na­ture fundrais­ing cam­paign, Daf­fodil Day, next month.

The foun­da­tion is call­ing on Queens­lan­ders to lock the date in and pre­pare to wear a pin in sup­port.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land will cel­e­brate the iconic fundraiser dur­ing the en­tire month of Au­gust, with the of­fi­cial Daf­fodil Day date fall­ing on Fri­day, Au­gust 26.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land spokes­woman Katie Clift said Queens­lan­ders could text to do­nate to the cause for the first time in 2016, and ded­i­cate a daf­fodil in sup­port of those af­fected.

It’s sim­ple to do, and quick.

“All Aus­tralians need to do is text HOPE to 1999 8877 and a $5 sms do­na­tion will au­to­mat­i­cally be in­cor­po­rated into their mo­bile bill,” Ms Clift said.

“A fol­low-up text mes­sage will en­able Aus­tralians to per­son­alise and share a daf­fodil ded­i­ca­tion.’’

Daf­fodil ded­i­ca­tions will also be avail­able on Face­book and the Daf­fodil Day web­site.

“Daf­fodil Day raises funds for all Queens­lan­ders, and all can­cers,’’ Ms Clift said.

All funds are in­vested into vi­tal cancer re­search, pa­tient sup­port ser­vices and pre­ven­tion pro­grams state-wide.

“More than 26,000 Queens­lan­ders will be di­ag­nosed with cancer this year alone, and about 8600 will die from the dis­ease – we need to do all we can to sup­port those af­fected.”

More than 1600 vol­un­teers are ex­pected to staff more than 230 vol­un­teer sites across Queens­land dur­ing the week of Daf­fodil Day, sell­ing more than 800,000 fresh daf­fodils.

Queens­lan­ders can buy a pin to show their sup­port, do­nate on­line, text to do­nate, or­der a mer­chan­dise box to sell, vol­un­teer on the day or buy mer­chan­dise at daf­fodil­day.com.au.

“If you think one in two peo­ple di­ag­nosed with cancer in their life­time is one in two too many, get in­volved by show­ing you care this Daf­fodil Day,” Ms Clift said.

“Vol­un­teer a few hours of your time to sell fresh daf­fodils and mer­chan­dise at one of your lo­cal sites on the day, or buy a pin or Dou­gal Bear to sup­port those af­fected.

“Get in­volved and grow hope for Queens­lan­ders af­fected by the dis­ease this year – for some­one you know who has been touched by cancer.”

The daf­fodil is the in­ter­na­tional sym­bol of hope for ev­ery­one af­fected by cancer, and hope is some­thing all pa­tients have dur­ing treat­ment and try­ing times for them and their fam­i­lies.

This year the Cancer Coun­cil of Queens­land hopes to raise $1.5 mil­lion dur­ing Au­gust.

More in­for­ma­tion about Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land is avail­able on 13 11 20 or at can­cerqld.org.au.

With the sup­port of the en­tire com­mu­nity we have a bet­ter chance of find­ing a cure for such a dreaded ill­ness.

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