Planting seeds of hope on society’s Daffodil Day
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 daffodilday.org.nz.