Daf­fodil Day sees town rally for cause

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With most vol­un­teers on the streets of Mata­mata sell­ing out of fresh daf­fodils within an hour, this year’s Daf­fodil Day proved to be a huge suc­cess.

Mata­mata got right be­hind the Can­cer So­ci­ety of New Zealand’s an­nual ap­peal, with about $8000 pour­ing in.

This year was Rex­ine Hawes’ first time as co-or­di­na­tor for Mata­mata and she was “ab­so­lutely thrilled” with how it went.

More than 80 vol­un­teers showed up on the day to walk the streets, set up stalls or to help with the lo­gis­ti­cal side of the event.

“Ev­ery­one did a fan­tas­tic job and we all re­ally pulled to­gether,” she said.

“Thank you so much to the vol­un­teers and the community for sup­port­ing such a great cause.”

Lo­cal schools also jumped on board with the ap­peal, with both Mata­mata Pri­mary and Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate sell­ing daf­fodils.

Mata­mata Col­lege came up with a cre­ative way to raise money, get­ting students to “send” daf­fodils to each other.

Cup­cakes with yel­low ic­ing went door to door at Coun­try Lodge and Rawhiti Rest Home res­i­dents made their own daf­fodils to sell. Mrs Hawes said it was great to see the community come to­gether to sup­port Daf­fodil Day.

Photo: NI­COLA STE­WART

There is hope: Mata­mata Pri­mary students Alyssa Tap­per, 5, and Blake Hornsey, 5, on Daf­fodil Day.

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