Volunteers all set to paint town yellow
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. ’’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 25
Street collectors will be out in force on Daffodil Day, August 25.