Go yel­low for Daf­fodil Day and fight can­cer

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

The Can­cer So­ci­ety is putting out a call for sup­port this Daf­fodil Day, to help in beat­ing can­cer.

On Fri­day 31 Au­gust over 12,000 vol­un­teers will take to the streets around the coun­try as part of New Zealand’s largest street ap­peal.

Every dol­lar dropped into their col­lec­tion buck­ets, do­nated on­line or in any ANZ branch, will be spent on sup­port­ing New Zealan­ders with all types of can­cer and help­ing pre­vent fu­ture can­cers through vi­tal re­search.

Now in its 28th year, Daf­fodil Day is the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s largest an­nual fundrais­ing event. The money raised al­lows the char­ity to pro­vide prac­ti­cal sup­port to those af­fected by can­cer — pa­tients as well as wha¯ nau and friends.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s CEO Mike Ker­naghan said vol­un­teers were com­mit­ted, rain or shine, to help the coun­try unite against can­cer.

“Many of them have their own per­sonal story and wear their daf­fodil, not only as a sym­bol of hope, but to re­mem­ber the loved ones they have lost to can­cer,” he said.

“When some­one hears that they, or a loved one, has can­cer it is dev­as­tat­ing. The im­pact of a di­ag­no­sis can be far­reach­ing.

“There are of­ten so many unan­swered ques­tions and so much to con­sider that it can be over­whelm­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of New Zealan­ders on Daf­fodil Day the Can­cer So­ci­ety can step up with prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port.”

Since the ser­vice be­gan in 2007, the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s free in­for­ma­tion helpline (0800 CAN­CER) has had over 90,000 calls, and its staff of can­cer nurses have spent over 4,200 hours pro­vid­ing sup­port and ad­vice.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion close to all ma­jor hos­pi­tals and last year it pro­vided over 49,000 bed nights.

Do­na­tions help fund ser­vices such as petrol for the vol­un­teer driv­ing ser­vice avail­able to can­cer pa­tients. Last year, vol­un­teers drove over a mil­lion kilo­me­tres get­ting pa­tients to treat­ment, mak­ing over 19,000 trips and trans­port­ing over 4,700 pa­tients.

Mr Ker­naghan said the or­gan­i­sa­tion is com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of fu­ture can­cers through its health pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and is the largest char­i­ta­ble fun­der of can­cer re­search in the coun­try, how­ever, de­spite this com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing needed sup­port to peo­ple af­fected by can­cer it re­ceives no di­rect gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

“When you put your money in the bucket on Daf­fodil Day, you might not be a re­searcher or sci­en­tist, but you are ac­tively tak­ing part in ground-break­ing can­cer re­search and sup­port­ing a per­son with can­cer,” he said.

“Our donors can be very proud of the im­pact they are hav­ing in their own com­mu­ni­ties. Thanks to their sup­port the Can­cer So­ci­ety is in your lo­cal area every day help­ing ed­u­cate peo­ple through health pro­mo­tion pro­grammes such as SunS­mart schools and pro­vid­ing can­cer pre­ven­tion ini­tia­tives.

“Can­cer af­fects one in three Ki­wis. The cost and im­pact of this is ev­i­dent in al­most every as­pect of our com­mu­nity. By com­ing to­gether as a na­tion on Daf­fodil Day, and rais­ing much-needed funds and aware­ness, we can help beat can­cer to­gether.”

The Horowhenua branch of the Can­cer So­ci­ety will be out in force around Levin on Daf­fodil Day, with nine stalls planned and a full ros­ter of vol­un­teers. They are look­ing for any do­na­tions of fresh daf­fodils from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, which can be dropped off at Winch­ester House, 112 Winch­ester St, Levin ahead of the day, or call 367 8065 to ar­range to have them col­lected.

There will also be a mer­chan­dise stall in Levin Mall on Wed­nes­day 29, Thurs­day 30 and Fri­day 31 Au­gust.

Mone­tary do­na­tions can also be made at any ANZ branch or on­line at www.daf­fodil­day.org.nz

Daf­fodil Day is on Fri­day Au­gust 31 this year.

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