Wintry weather destroys fundraising daffodils
Bright yellow daffodils were out in full bloom this season until a cold blast swept across the country last week leaving daffodils burnt to the ground by frost.
Now there are no fresh daffodils to sell in streets around the Wai- kato this Daffodil Day, Friday, August 26. Only plastic flowers will be sold at nine different stalls around Matamata to help the Cancer Society raise what money they still can.
Matamata Daffodil Day coordinator Joan Reed has been organising the day for the past four years and said it was very sad there would be no fresh flowers being sold. ‘‘It is a real shame. There may be a few to sell next week but none on Friday,’’ she said.
Daffodil Day was introduced into New Zealand 21 years ago and has since become one of the country’s most recognised campaigns for the Cancer Society.
Mrs Reed had ordered 3600 to sell in Matamata from the Cancer Society who sources the daffodils from Gordonton farmer, Graham Phillips who owns Clandon Daffodils.
‘‘The money raised will be given to the society but then when it is