In preparation for Daffodil Day on Friday August 26, Cancer Council volunteers have been sorting 36,000 flowers into bunches to sell at over 14 locations.
Katie Clift from Cancer Council Queensland, encouraged locals to get on board and purchase daffodils, or make a donation, to support cancer research. “Every dollar donated in support of Daffodil Day helps to grow hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors, and hope for a cancer free future.” Ms Clift does a podcast for the Cancer Council, which is available to listen to for free here.
Daffodil Day is an important cause as over 26,000 people in Queensland will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016 alone, with approximately 8600 passing away from the disease. Additionally, an average of 350 people in Australia are told they have a form of life-threatening cancer every single day.
The event not only raises funds and awareness to support those affected by the disease, and their loved ones, but brings the community together. “A bright splash of yellow does more than light up the community – it means we are taking active steps to beat cancer and to show our support to those effected,” Ms Clift said. The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades and the Cancer Council aims to see this figure keep rising.
To get involved Queenslanders can buy a bunch of daffodils or a pin to show their support, donate online, volunteer, or buy merchandise, such as teddy-bears, via the Daffodil Day website, or call the Cancer Council on 1300 65 65 85. This year the Cancer Council in Queensland hopes to raise 1.5 million dollars during August to invest in vital cancer research and support services and prevention programs statewide. Small donations are welcome, and donations over two dollars are tax deductible.
Words by Anna Ghioni
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