Daf­fodil Day not enough

De­serves a full week

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PETRICE TAR­RANT

Can­cer suf­ferer Mary Crumb would be proud of how For­est View High School stu­dent lead­ers have ex­panded on the Daf­fodil Day legacy she left be­hind.

One day of rais­ing funds and aware­ness has tran­spired into one week af­ter seven Whaka­maru Lake stu­dents spear­head­ing the project de­cided the cause de­served more than 24 hours of at­ten­tion.

The tra­di­tion be­gan with Crumb, a for­mer Whaka­maru Lake dean who was di­ag­nosed with can­cer while still teach­ing at the high school in the early 90s.

Cur­rent Whaka­maru Lake dean Aaron Mu­tua said it con­tin­ued long af­ter she left the school.

‘‘Here at FVHS we do have staff mem­bers who are af­fected and stu­dents whose families are af­fected,’’ he said.

‘‘It [Daf­fodil Day] pays re­spect to so many peo­ple. It de­serves to have our time.’’

Whaka­maru Lake leader Bruce Nguyen agreed.

‘‘It’s some­thing that de­serves a week in­stead of a day. If it’s a week it kind of seeps in I think.’’

Lake coun­cil leader Anisha Te Hiko said the school nor­mally just does one day.

‘‘This year we wanted to build more aware­ness around why we have Daf­fodil Day.’’

Mon­day will be about pro­mo­tion, she said, while Tues­day will see stu­dents com­plete a piece of work which ex­press what hope means to them.

On Wed­nes­day teach­ers have to dec­o­rate their class­rooms yel­low and on Thurs­day the stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in a game of dodge­ball.

‘‘That is for peo­ple who have fought can­cer and have sur­vived or dodged it,’’ Te Hiko said.

There will also be a coin trail in the shape of a daf­fodil that the stu­dents can fill with gold coin do­na­tions.

Daf­fodils will be sold through­out the week and stu­dents will be en­cour­aged to write a mes­sage on a dis­play wall hon­our­ing vic­tims, sur­vivors and those who know some­one suf­fer­ing from Can­cer.

‘‘By just do­ing th­ese things we can help peo­ple. We just want to let peo­ple know that there is sup­port out there,’’ Te Hiko said.

For more pho­tos and an ad­ver­tis­ing fea­ture on Daf­fodil Day see pages 9-11.

Photo: PETRICE TAR­RANT

Mel­low yel­low: Uma Takave, back left, Alora Craig, Ta­tum Atera, Niwa Ahomiro, Bruce Nguyen, front left, Anisha Te Hiko, Ella Liv­ingston and Zak Ven den Berg are mak­ing it Daf­fodil week, not just Daf­fodil Day, at For­est View High School.

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