Bloom or bust

Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety can­cels an­nual daf­fodil sale.

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Vol­un­teers for the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety were busy Tues­day – not pre­par­ing for their an­nual daf­fodil sale, which was sched­uled to start Thurs­day – but putting up “can­celled” signs on the pro­mo­tional posters.

The daf­fodil sale has been the so­ci­ety’s ma­jor fundraiser since the 1950s, when bright yel­low daf­fodils ar­rived to mark the be­gin­ning of Daf­fodil Month in April.

But this year, of­fi­cials in Nova Sco­tia are scram­bling, be­cause when the ship­ment of daf­fodils ar­rived, they were found to be un­fit to sell.

“When we opened the boxes of flow­ers they were al­ready ei­ther fully in bloom or they were past the point of full bloom, which means that we can’t trans­port them for sale, said Bar­bara Stead­Coyle, na­tional vice-pres­i­dent an­nual devel­op­ment and for­mer CEO of the Nova Sco­tia Divi­sion, Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety.

The so­ci­ety lost 33,000 bunches of daf­fodils, which were sup­posed to be sent out to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions across Nova Sco­tia to sell.

Last year, the daf­fodil sale raised $ 300,000 in Nova Sco­tia, which Stead- Coyle said rep­re­sents five to seven per cent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual rev­enue.

“It seems to be an is­sue of im­proper stor­age dur­ing ship­ping at this point,” she said.

Janet God­frey is co- or­di­na­tor with the Queens Daf­fodil Cam­paign. Her vol­un­teers were busy Tues­day putting can­celled signs on posters through­out the re­gion.

Vol­un­teers found out about the prob­lem Mon­day.

“It’s some kind of a ship­ping is­sue that when they ar- rived they were in full bloom,” she said.

God­frey says the money raised through the an­nual sale of daf­fodils helps chil­dren go to camp, helps pay for the Lodge That Gives in Hal­i­fax, an af­ford­able place for cancer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies to stay, and for cancer re­search.

“It’s quite dis­ap­point­ing for us be­cause be­ing the co- or­di­na­tor I had peo­ple that I had to call and say ‘ Thank you so much for all the work that you have done, but you have to give the money back if you’ve col­lected any, and you have to let peo­ple know that there will be no daf­fodils.’”

The so­ci­ety is still urg­ing Nova Sco­tians to do­nate dur­ing Daf­fodil Month, even though there are no daf­fodils to sell. Daf­fodil pins will be avail­able at lo­cal Sobeys stores.

Stead- Coyle said peo­ple can do­nate through the of­fice or on­line.

There will also be an op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase pot­ted daf­fodils through a na­tional partnership with Loblaws Inc. which will be pi­lot­ing an ex­pan­sion of pot­ted daf­fodil sales in the Mar­itimes in­clud­ing Nova Sco­tia for 2016. The daf­fodils ( pot­ted only) will be avail­able for sale in At­lantic Su­per­stores from April 7- 20.

TC ME­DIA PHOTO

The Nova Sco­tia Cancer So­ci­ety’s an­nual daf­fodil sale is be­ing can­celled across the prov­ince. There are no daf­fodils to sell.

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