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For most of us, Daf­fodil Day is sim­ply one day a year: on the last Fri­day of Au­gust, the streets are doused in yel­low as Cancer So­ci­ety col­lec­tors rat­tle their buck­ets and hand out flow­ers, teddy bears and stick­ers.

But for the peo­ple be­hind the scenes it takesmonths of prepa­ra­tion, about 9000 vol­un­teer col­lec­tors, and 200 full­time-equiv­a­lent staff, to make that one day a suc­cess.

Grow­ers pick and pre­pare thou­sands of bunches of flow­ers, which are trucked to dif­fer­ent parts of New Zealand.

Var­i­ous sup­pli­ers make bas­kets and other items for the day. Fab­ric pins and bears are made in China, then shipped here, and vol­un­teers are wran­gled to help raise the funds.

While some of the do­nated money cov­ers cam­paign costs, it is mostly fil­tered into help­ing the one in three peo­ple af­fected by cancer, ac­cord­ing to the Cancer So­ci­ety’swelling­ton chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mike Smith.

Any money col­lected in Welling­ton is spent lo­cally. Na­tion­ally, about $5 mil­lion was raised last year through Daf­fodil Day.

And why the daf­fodil? It’s a sign of hope, and of spring, Smith says. ‘‘It’s quite an up­lift­ing type of flower. It’s in our Cancer So­ci­ety

Patsy Dowl­ing, of Thorn­don, has been vol­un­teer­ing on Daf­fodil Day for 27 years. PHO­TOS: MAARTEN HOLL/STUFF

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