Win­try weather de­stroys fundrais­ing daf­fodils

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By LAURA MCLEAY

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

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