Daf­fodils evoke val­ued ser­vice

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata streets will turn yel­low this week as vol­un­teers hit the streets to raise funds and aware­ness for the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Daf­fodil Day ap­peal.

More than 3000 daf­fodils will be de­liv­ered to Mata­mata. They will be di­vided be­tween Na­tional and ANZ banks, and the vol­un­teers who will be col­lect­ing in the cen­tre of town on Daf­fodil Day, Fri­day, Au­gust 31.

“Daf­fodil Day is one of New Zealand’s most im­por­tant fundrais­ing and aware­ness cam­paigns, with one in three Ki­wis af­fected by can­cer. We’ve al­ready had huge sup­port for Daf­fodil Day this year and peo­ple can ex­pect to see many Can­cer So­ci­ety vol­un­teers out on the streets this Daf­fodil Day,” said Waikato Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety spokes­woman Rachael Moun­sey.

The lat­est Health Min­istry fig­ures (2009) re­veal that the num­ber of peo­ple be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer is in­creas­ing, with 20,000 new reg­is­tra­tions.

The Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Health Board re­gion, along­side Taranaki and Can­ter­bury, has sig­nif­i­cantly more can­cer reg­is­tra­tions than the na­tional av­er­age.

But while the in­ci­dence of can­cer in­creases, more peo­ple are sur­viv­ing due to greater aware­ness, preven­tion, screening, and im­proved treat­ment op­tions.

The so­ci­ety’s Waikato/Bay of Plenty division be­lieves the need for its vi­tal community ser­vices is grow­ing.

‘‘Our can­cer li­ai­son nurses are busier than ever and our sup­port groups, trans­port, ac­com­mo­da­tion and mas­sage ser­vices, and health pro­mo­tion pro­grammes are be­ing used ev­ery day,” said Rachael.

“As the Can­cer So­ci­ety re­ceives no di­rect Gov­ern­ment fund­ing, we rely on do­na­tions and be­quests from the pub­lic to continue our work in sup­port­ing those peo­ple af­fected by can­cer.

‘‘We ask ev­ery­one who can to buy a daf­fodil this Daf­fodil Day, and play your part in sup­port­ing all those who are af­fected by can­cer.’’

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