Daf­fodil Day near­ing so vol­un­teers called

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

It was a very per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence that prompted Rex­ine Hawes to take on the role of Daf­fodil Day co-or­di­na­tor for the Mata­mata area.

“My mum had breast can­cer so I got to see first­hand what the Can­cer So­ci­ety does,” Mrs Hawes said.

“Un­til it’s [can­cer] in your own back­yard you don’t re­alise what an amaz­ing job or­gan­i­sa­tions like this do.”

Mrs Hawes has taken over the role from Joan Reed who was Daf­fodil Day co- or­di­na­tor for five years.

“The peo­ple in Mata­mata are just amaz­ing when it comes to sup­port­ing things like this so it has been a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and one I’ve en­joyed im­mensely,’’ Mrs Reed said.

‘‘Rex­ine will do an ex­cel­lent job, she is so en­thu­si­as­tic.”

Mata­mata res­i­dents have long been known as gen­er­ous and now Mrs Hawes is ask­ing for peo­ple in Mata­mata to be giv­ing of their time.

“We are des­per­ate for vol­un­teers so want to get as many peo­ple on board as pos­si­ble,’’ she said.

Daf­fodil Day takes place on Au­gust 31 and Mrs Hawes is look­ing for vol­un­teers who wouldn’t mind giv­ing a few hours of the day to man a stall or walk the streets of Mata­mata col­lect­ing do­na­tions. Mrs Hawes would also like to en­cour­age peo­ple to come up with their own fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives to sup­port Daf­fodil Day or to get in touch with her if they would like her to de­liver a fun­dras­ing bucket to their busi­ness premises.

“One per­son I know is go­ing to make a lovely cake and raf­fle it off with all the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Can­cer So­ci­ety.”

If you can help in any way, please call Rex­ine Hawes on 021 477 089.

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