Can­cer aware­ness flow­ers in Myrtle­ford

Myrtleford Times - - News -

A GAR­DEN of spring yel­low bloomed all about Myrtle­ford’s Can­cer Coun­cil vol­un­teer stal­l­keep­ers on Fri­day.

Eurobin’s Jo Bow­ers led the coun­cil’s Daf­fodil Day fundraiser, sell­ing toys, lapel pins and bunches of the smil­ing flow­ers to gen­er­ate money for can­cer re­search.

Peo­ple from the com­mu­nity gave to Jo and fel­low stal­l­keeper So­nia Kennedy clutches of the blooms to be sold as the pair spent much of the day on the cor­ner of Clyde and Queen streets to sup­port the na­tional aware­ness cam­paign.

They were among 1500 Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria vol­un­teers reg­is­tered to sell mer­chan­dise, which is al­most dou­ble the num­ber of last year.

The Victorian di­vi­sion was aim­ing to raise $1 mil­lion in fund­ing for re­search, preven­tion and sup­port ser­vices.

Daf­fodil Day was a day of hope in­ter­na­tion­ally but it was also a day to spread aware­ness, ac­cord­ing to Can­cer Coun­cilVic­to­ria events chief Me­gan Potter.

“We know that about a third of can­cers are pre­ventable,” she said.

“Ed­u­ca­tion about preven­tion is a key fo­cus for Can­cer Coun­cil.

“Thanks to 31 years of Daf­fodil Day we have made some ex­tra­or­di­nary break­throughs in the preven­tion and treat­ment of can­cer but we still have much to do.”

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