Vol­un­teers all set to paint town yel­low

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There are a host of events in the Far North in sup­port of this year’s Daf­fodil Day.

The iconic fundrais­ing and can­cer aware­ness event on Au­gust 25 is the big­gest gen­er­a­tor of funds for the Can­cer So­ci­ety which re­ceives no direct gov­ern­ment fund­ing and re­lies on dona­tions and spon­sor­ships.

‘‘There are over 22,000 Ki­wis get­ting di­ag­nosed with can­cer each year, with just over 9000 dy­ing, and it’s slowly in­creas­ing,’’ says spokesman Daniel Glover.

But Glover says treat­ments are get­ting bet­ter, and re­search is pro­vid­ing re­sults each year.

More peo­ple are sur­viv­ing can­cer than ever be­fore and this is a direct re­sult of the com­mu­nity’s sup­port, he says.

‘‘When peo­ple ask if the money they are do­nat­ing ac­tu­ally makes a dif­fer­ence, we can say ab­so­lutely. But we still have a long way to go, so the re­search is vi­tally im­por­tant,’’ Glover says.

‘‘From re­search funded by Daf­fodil Day dona­tions, we are see­ing re­sults in new break­through im­munother­apy drugs and treat­ments, which are now avail­able both in New Zealand and around the world.

‘‘They will also fund a range of sup­port ser­vices, in­for­ma­tion book­lets and health pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.’’

‘‘When peo­ple ask if the money they are do­nat­ing ac­tu­ally makes a dif­fer­ence, we can say ab­so­lutely. ’’

Daniel Glover

The daf­fodil is one of the first flow­ers of the spring sea­son and rep­re­sents hope for the one in three New Zealan­ders af­fected by can­cer each year.

Peo­ple want­ing to sup­port the Can­cer So­ci­ety can do­nate to a street col­lec­tor or at any ANZ branch.

Far North Au­gust fundrais­ing events in­clude:

Te Kao: Whakawhiti Ora Pai street stall.

Kaitaia: Far North Reap ‘Paint the town Yel­low’. Vol­un­teers wel­come. Phone Lisa 09 408 1380.

Rawene: Hokianga Health ‘Make your ferry cross­ing mean­ing­ful’.

Kaikohe: Good Sorts, North­land Col­lege Daf­fodil Day Break­fast 6.30-9am. Also quiz night at the Kaikohe RSA. Phone Cam 09 401 0381.

Ohae­wai: Gen­eral store & Good Sort Vir­gie Mur­ray street ap­peal and walk through town.

❚ To host an event con­tact 09 437 5593 or csn­events@ak­cansoc.org.nz 25

Street col­lec­tors will be out in force on Daf­fodil Day, Au­gust 25.

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