Bloom­ing big suc­cess

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ILONA HANNE

It’s safe to say the mem­bers of the Strat­ford Daf­fodil Day com­mit­tee painted the town yel­low on Fri­day, with bal­loons, stream­ers, flags and plenty of the epony­mous flow­ers to be seen through­out Strat­ford on the day.

Raewyn Rooney, chair­woman of the Strat­ford Daf­fodil Day com­mit­tee, says she and her col­leagues were all de­lighted with how the day went in Strat­ford.

“It’s al­ways quite over­whelm­ing on the day see­ing how many peo­ple get dressed up or do some­thing to mark the day, and we had so many peo­ple come in for the lunches this year it was amaz­ing.”

She says the lun­cheon was as pop­u­lar as it al­ways has been, not­ing they had even more peo­ple come in this year.

“Plus the take­away lunches were pop­u­lar as well, not only did we have the pre­orders, but we had peo­ple who came for the sit down meal then buy­ing a take­away lunch to take home or for some­one else.”

Raewyn says the fi­nal to­tal has yet to be cal­cu­lated, with money still to come in from a range of events and fundrais­ing sources such as school or busi­ness mufti days.

“So while we don’t have a fi­nal to­tal yet, we can an­nounce we have al­ready raised an im­pres­sive $18,379,00 which is just in­cred­i­ble. Thank you to ev­ery sin­gle per­son who helped us get to this amount. Be it by buy­ing a daf­fodil or some of the mer­chan­dise, buy­ing a raf­fle ticket or do­nat­ing a prize, putting money in a col­lec­tion tin, or com­ing to the lunch it­self, ev­ery dol­lar do­nated has made a dif­fer­ence and together we have done our com­mu­nity proud.”

Raewyn says the chil­dren’s disco, which took place on Fri­day evening, was a great suc­cess. “It was great to see chil­dren com­ing along, dressed up and ready to sup­port the cause as well.”

The mer­chan­dise stall dur­ing the day was con­stantly busy, says Raewyn, who urges peo­ple to con­tact her if there were items they didn’t get on the day be­cause of the queue.

“A fi­nal thank you must be said to the won­der­ful com­mit­tee who worked tire­lessly be­hind the scenes for months as well as on the day it­self. With­out them, this event would not have been pos­si­ble and they re­ally are a great bunch of peo­ple to work with.”

■ Raewyn can be con­tacted on 06 7657110 if you want to pur­chase any Daf­fodil Day mer­chan­dise.

Mem­bers of the Strat­ford Daf­fodil Day com­mit­tee were sur­rounded by the yel­low flow­ers on Fri­day.

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