Daf­fodil Day boosts Can­cer So­ci­ety

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Last Fri­day more than 12,000 vol­un­teers took to the streets around the coun­try for Daf­fodil Day.

In Te Awa­mutu, more than 100 peo­ple of­fered their time pick­ing, bundling and selling daf­fodils.

The flow­ers were sold from seven spots around Te Awa­mutu, rais­ing more than $7900.

Ev­ery dol­lar dropped into col­lec­tion buck­ets, do­nated on­line, or in any ANZ branch will be spent on sup­port­ing New Zealan­ders with all types of can­cer and help­ing pre­vent fu­ture can­cers through re­search.

Te Awa­mutu co­or­di­na­tor Kathy Keigh­ley thanked the com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing the an­nual ap­peal.

Among the thou­sands of daf­fodils do­nated, about 5000 were from a Cambridge cou­ple, and hun­dreds from Waik­e­ria Prison.

Kathy says it’s now time for the next gen­er­a­tion to step up to vol­un­teer for next year’s Daf­fodil Day.

“We al­ways wel­come new peo­ple to get on board. It would be great to see new en­thu­si­asm and new ideas.”

Can­cer So­ci­ety of New Zealand CEO Mike Ker­naghan says the money raised from Daf­fodil Day al­lows the char­ity to pro­vide prac­ti­cal sup­port to those af­fected by can­cer — pa­tients as well as fam­ily and friends.

“When some­one hears that they or a loved one has can­cer, it is dev­as­tat­ing,” Mike says.

“The im­pact of a di­ag­no­sis can be far-reach­ing. There are of­ten so many unan­swered ques­tions and so much to con­sider that it can be over­whelm­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“It might be how they will get to hos­pi­tal, where they will stay dur­ing treat­ment, how they will feed their pet while away from home, or who they can talk to about their can­cer.

“Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of New Zealan­ders on Daf­fodil Day the Can­cer So­ci­ety can step up with prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port.”

The Can­cer So­ci­ety of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion close to all ma­jor hos­pi­tals in New Zealand for pa­tients and their car­ers if their treat­ment re­quires fre­quent hos­pi­tal vis­its, but they do not live nearby.

Dur­ing 2017, the so­ci­ety pro­vided 49,000 bed nights and drove al­most 4700 pa­tients to and from their treat­ment, cov­er­ing more than one mil­lion kilo­me­tres.

Since the ser­vice be­gan in 2007, the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s free in­for­ma­tion helpline (0800 CAN­CER) has had over 95,000 calls, and its staff of can­cer nurses has spent over 4540 hours pro­vid­ing sup­port and ad­vice to New Zealan­ders af­fected by can­cer in 2017.

“When you put your money in the bucket on Daf­fodil Day, you might not be a re­searcher or sci­en­tist, but you are ac­tively tak­ing part in ground-break­ing can­cer re­search and sup­port­ing a per­son with can­cer. Our donors can be very proud of the im­pact they are hav­ing in their own com­mu­ni­ties.”

“By com­ing to­gether as a na­tion on Daf­fodil Day, and rais­ing much-needed funds and aware­ness, we can help beat can­cer to­gether.”

Photo / Sup­plied

Taranaki-King Coun­try MP Bar­bara Kuriger (left) stops in at a Te Awa­mutu stall on Daf­fodil Day. Pic­tured on the right is Te Awa­mutu co­or­di­na­tor Kathy Keigh­ley.

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