Preparing for Daffodil Day

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Local preparations for the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day appeal on August 26 are coming together well.
Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society’s annual flagship event, and as well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand, it is the society’s major fundraiser for the year.
Oamaru Daffodil Day event co-ordinator Grant Yockney said there had been increased interest across the board from those keen to be part of the event this year, from both businesses that had ordered bunches to daffodils to sell and volunteers to help out on the day.
“We’ve had a very strong response from businesses this year –¬†we’re delighted with their approach. We’re doing a lot of pre-sales at the moment.”
He said on Daffodil Day there would be 13 fully-manned fundraising stalls selling daffodils around Oamaru throughout the day.
Mr Yockney was delighted new volunteers had come on board in 2016 to join the usual faces seen each year.
“There are regular volunteers that have come forward and we’ve picked up some new people there too, which is really, really good.”
Daffodils are being delivered to businesses on Tuesday.
He was confident this year’s appeal would raise more funds than last year.
Funds raised go towards scientific research, support services, information, health promotion and education programmes to reduce cancer risk, awareness campaigns and programmes for people affected by cancer.