TO­MOR­ROW IS DAF­FODIL DAY, PLEASE HELP

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

This month Rae­lene McDon­ald will help turn the town yel­low in sup­port of Daf­fodil Day – grow­ing hope for all Queens­lan­ders af­fected by cancer!

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land will cel­e­brate 30 years of Daf­fodil Day dur­ing the en­tire month of Au­gust, with the of­fi­cial day fall­ing to­mor­row (Fri­day, Au­gust 26).

To help brighten the streets of Moss­man and spread a mes­sage of hope, Ms McDon­ald will vol­un­teer her time to sell fresh flow­ers and mer­chan­dise out­side Moss­man Wool­worths from 8am to 5pm, and at Moss­man Bowls Club from 5pm on Fri­day. Lo­cals are en­cour­aged to get in­volved by wear­ing a pin for some­one they know, vol­un­teer­ing their time or buy­ing a bunch of daf­fodils.

Ms McDon­ald is look­ing for­ward to vol­un­teer­ing for the cause.

She has been vol­un­teer­ing for CCQ’s Daf­fodil Day for seven years.

She says that af­ter los­ing a fam­ily mem­ber to cancer, she wanted to do what she could to help oth­ers in the same dif­fi­cult po­si­tion that she faced.

She urges the com­mu­nity to come and buy some lovely flow­ers and mer­chan­dise to hon­our the lost, cel­e­brate the sur­vivors and give hope to the fight­ers.

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.

A bright splash of yel­low does more than light up the com­mu­nity – it means we are tak­ing ac­tive steps to beat cancer and to show our sup­port to those af­fected.

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 im­pacted by this dis­ease.”

To get in­volved, 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.

This year Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land hopes to raise $1.5 mil­lion dur­ing Au­gust to in­vest in vi­tal cancer re­search

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

Katie Clift, Cancer Coun­cil Qld

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