Lots to do on Daffodil Day
Daffodil Day began early for a group of Taranaki cyclists 5.30am.
Around 30 people got on their bikes for the Work and Income Cycle of Hope, a 200km ride around Mt Taranaki to raise funds for the Taranaki Cancer Society’s big day, which has a $10,000 target.
After gathering at the Work and Income office on Devon St West before dawn, they set off at 6am to ride through Okato, Opunake, and Manaia before stopping about 10.30am at the Work and Income office in Hawera for morning tea. Lunch was at the Stratford War Memorial Hall on Miranda St.
In another fundraiser Tracey Blake, regional sales manager of NZME, had her head shaved at the Taranaki Base Hospital cafeteria.
She had seen what cancer sufferers go through first hand with friends, and being next to the cancer ward when her daughter was in Starship Hospital.
‘‘We saw a lot of kids and we saw a lot of families. It gives you a new perspective on it really. It affects all of us.’’
Taranaki Cancer Society centre manager Meg Rodel said people doing events like head shaving was ‘‘crucial’’.
‘‘People want to do something to support the Cancer Society. ’’
‘‘I think also that they are heart-warming stories. They highlight the fact that cancer touches so many people’s lives and that people want to do something to support the Cancer Society other than just make a donation.
‘‘The support that we offer isn’t only for patients. It’s also for families. It could be a whole family for example that wanted counselling; it might be individually or as a group. We would do that for them.’’
Bizlink Hawera held a ‘Daffodil Day dress up competition’ which saw businesses in their best yellow attire, and Olives Pantry had baked mini daffodil cupcakes through the week, then held a buffet breakfast with The Hawera Club.
Those without a daffodil on their chest were in the minority.
Fun Ho! Toys in Inglewood hosted a sausage sizzle, while lunch and merchandise were available at the War Memorial Centre in Stratford and the Stratford Eltham Rugby Club held a children’s disco.
Friday marks 27 years of the event and some fundraising events carry on into the weekend.