Lots to do on Daf­fodil Day

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - BRITTANY BAKER, JANE MATTHEWS AND CHRISTINA PERSICO

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. ’’

Meg Rodel

‘‘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.

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