Daffodil Day sees town rally for cause
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.
There is hope: Matamata Primary students Alyssa Tapper, 5, and Blake Hornsey, 5, on Daffodil Day.