Daf­fodil fundraiser reaches mile­stone

Over $1,800 col­lected for Daf­fodil Place

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL GRAND BANK, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

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.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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.

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