Daffodil fundraiser reaches milestone
Over $1,800 collected for Daffodil Place
It has been five years since Bruce Dennis and his daughter Donna held the first “Come Pick a Daffodil” fundraiser at Abbie’s Garden Bed and Breakfast.
The event, held Sunday, May 27, first started in 2014 in memory of Abbie Dennis, who lost her five-year battle with cancer in 2012.
She and her husband Bruce owned the home that her husband later converted to a bed and breakfast after his wife’s passing.
“It went well,” said Donna, daughter of the late Abbie Denis, for whom the gardens were named. “There was probably over 200 people, we raised $1,881 this year.”
She noted that the amount collected during the event was equivalent to the cost of 19 nights at Daffodil Place.
Daffodil Place, located near the Health Sciences Centre, offers low-rate rooms to patients travelling to St. John’s for cancer treatment.
“I think everyone had fun,” Donna said. “Lots of kids came out this year, (and) the (baby) chicks are an amazing hit with them.”
The property has some animals on site that kids are provided the opportunity to interact with including baby chicks, chickens and this year there was even a goat.
“I think everything went really well,” Donna said.
She hopes to see the event continue to grow.
“Cancer is relentless, (but) we’re relentless (too), so every year we’ll be doing it and hopefully it will get bigger and bigger every year.”
Nine-year-old Paige Cumben made sure her daffodil had plenty to drink as she was leaving the “Come Pick a Daffodil” fundraiser on Sunday, May 27.