Plant­ing seeds of hope on so­ci­ety’s Daf­fodil Day

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

With Daf­fodil Day ap­proach­ing, the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty Division of the Can­cer So­ci­ety would like to ask peo­ple in Mata­mata to again dig deep and sup­port the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s largest and most im­por­tant an­nual fundrais­ing ap­peal.

Daf­fodil Day has be­come one of New Zealand’s most recog­nis­able cam­paigns and is the main fund­ing source for the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

The ap­peal runs for the month of Au­gust and in­volves thou­sands of vol­un­teers and many events across the coun­try, cul­mi­nat­ing on Daf­fodil Day on Fri­day, Au­gust 31.

Do­na­tions from Daf­fodil Day are re­lied on to pro­vide sup­port­ive care for can­cer pa­tients, their car­ers, whanau and friends, fund can­cer re­search and pro­vide the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion on the ways to re­duce the risk of can- cer through a smoke-free, sun smart, healthy life­style.

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety spokes­woman Rachael Moun­sey said the Can­cer So­ci­ety re­ceives no di­rect gov­ern­ment fund­ing, re­ly­ing on the sup­port and gen­eros­ity of the community to op­er­ate.

“Last year Daf­fodil Day raised nearly $600,000 in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Division and we are hop­ing that peo­ple will continue to sup­port our ap­peal. The money raised will en­able us to continue pro­vid­ing vi­tal ser­vices within the re­gion.

The Can­cer So­ci­ety daf­fodil has, over the years, be­come well recog­nised as the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s sym­bol.

“The daf­fodil is one of the first flow­ers of spring and was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the hope there is for the one in three New Zealan­ders af­fected by can­cer,’’ said Rachael.

Na­tional Bank has been a prin­ci­pal spon­sor since Daf­fodil Day be­gan in the early 1990s. The event and part­ner­ship has gone from strength to strength.

This year the Can­cer So­ci­ety is again pleased to an­nounce that ANZ will be join­ing the Na­tional Bank in fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity.

“Schools, community groups and busi­nesses are also hugely sup­port­ive of Daf­fodil Day and fundrais­ing events such as mufti- days, coin trails, cake stalls, golf tourna- ments and char­ity auc­tions are en­cour­aged,” says Rachael.

“If you can do some­thing in your home, school or work­place to sup­port Daf­fodil Day, do it! The peo­ple of Waikato/ Bay of Plenty are in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous and all funds raised locally stays in the re­gion.”

Those who want to sup­port Daf­fodil Day and the work of the Can­cer So­ci­ety should watch out for vol­un­teer street col­lec­tors who will be out and about on Fri­day, Au­gust 31.

Al­ter­na­tively, peo­ple can make an in­stant $20 do­na­tion by phon­ing 0900 311 11 which will au­to­mat­i­cally be charged to your tele­phone ac­count.

It’s quick and easy to do­nate from your cell phone, sim­ply text ‘daf­fodil’ to 2447 to make an in­stant $3 do­na­tion.

You can do­nate on­line daf­fodil­


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