DENI HELPS RAISE $10,000
More than $10,000 was raised for important cancer research and support in Deniliquin in just two hours on Friday.
The annual Daffodil Day Appeal was held with a bit of a twist this year, but was a resounding success.
Traditionally Cancer Council volunteers would be found in the Cressy St kiosk selling fresh daffodils, merchandise, cakes and other goodies, at the same time a morning tea would be held at My Shop around the corner in Napier St.
Both COVID-19 and Cressy St roadworks forced the volunteers to abandon the kiosk plan this year.
COVID-19 restrictions also impacted on the morning tea, but My Shop owner Denise Phillips said a takeaway service was coordinated this year to ensure a successful fundraiser could still be held.
‘‘To take more than $10,000 is a record for me, because traditionally the amount raised would be shared with the kiosk,’’ she said.
‘‘And especially as we were not able to sell fresh daffodils this year.
‘‘We did have one very special donation to help us get to that amount, from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
‘‘It is hard to count how many people supported the fundraiser because people were coming and going throughout the morning.
‘‘The food we offered was all handmade and beautiful.’’
Mrs Phillips thanked local businesses Country Wedding and Event Hire and Allclean for their support on the day, and all those who donated morning tea items to sell.
‘‘All my friends are really good cooks, which is why the fundraiser is such a success each year,’’ Mrs Phillips said.
The fundraiser was also supported by Deniliquin Rotary, who were selling their face masks as part of the morning tea.
Made by Rotary members, the masks are $10 each and 100 per cent of the sales goes back in to Rotary to support the community.
Masks in a range of colours can still be purchased at My Shop.
Friday’s fundraiser doubled as a tribute for former Deniliquin Daffodil Day Appeal coordinator Anita Nolan, with August marking five years since she lost her own battle with cancer.
‘‘The Cancer Council is so grateful for Anita and the work that she did through her life. She was a special person who positively touched the lives of all those who knew her,’’ Brianna Carracher of Cancer Council Western NSW said.
‘‘Each Daffodil Day is not only a symbol of hope, but it is a reminder to remember those special people who we have lost too soon to this awful disease, and why we need to invest more into research for greater outcomes in the future.
‘‘What Anita started in Deniliquin will provide upcoming generations with hope to see a cancer free future.
‘‘I would also like to thank those who have continued this legacy, with special mention to Irene, Jocelyn, Wendy and Denise for their hard work each year and passion to make a difference for their community.’’
Mouthwatering biscuits, sumptuous slices, delectable cakes, hot tea and coffee awaited anyone who attended the Deniliquin Daffodil Day Appeal morning tea in the Deniliquin CBD on Friday.
Held at My Shop, the annual fundraiser offered mostly takeaway items to abide with COVID-19 restrictions.
A small number of guests could take advantage of the table and chairs set up outside the clothing business for the fundraiser.
The appeal raised more than $10,000 for the Cancer Council of NSW.
■ Geoff Riley and Tim Nolan at the daffodil free fundraising morning tea on Friday.
■ Karyn Bull and Marlene McGay.
■ Rotarian Martin Wilmshurst and volunteer Geoff Riley.
■ Volunteers Jill Fawns and Tim Nolan.
■ Daffodil Day event coordinators Denise Phillips and Irene Davies.
■ Denise Phillips, Tim Nolan and Irene Davies.
■ The selection of treats were all made by volunteers.
■ Di Doncon and her granddaughter Grace Jefferies.