Daffodil Day, an annual national event organised by the Cancer Council Australia, welcomed more than 30,000 daffodils to Toowoomba on Friday, 25 August.

These flowers were then delivered to the surrounding region to be sold to raise funds for the Queensland Cancer Council.

The daffodil is the international symbol for hope for those touched by cancer, as it blooms at the end of winter and heralds the return of spring, vitality and growth. Donations made during the month of August will be used to fund research targeted at establishing awareness, prevention, support and advocacy for those impacted by cancer.

In Australia, there are currently more than 1.1 million people living with cancer, in remission or who have survived a diagnosis. The Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan encouraged locals to show their support for the day by buying a bunch of daffodils or donating to the cause.

“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 affected,” said McMillan.

In 2016, $5.6 million dollars was raised nationally. In 2017, the Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1 million during August to channel back into local support services, vital cancer research and prevention programs statewide.

This money also funds school based initiatives like the SunSmart program that helps 1.3 million children across Australia to be protected against the harmful effects of the sun.

“More than 27,000 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone, and about 8700 will die from the disease – we need to do all we can to support those impacted,” said Chris.

“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.”

The Cancer Council offers a number of support services for those affected by cancer. In 2016, it helped more than 46,000 people via the 13 11 20 support line. The support line offers trained nurses and support staff to provide practical information and emotional support to callers.

Read about last year’s Daffodil Day here.