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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.

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