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The Cancer Society’s annual flagship event, Daffodil Day, falls this year on Friday, August 25.

Over the years, the Cancer Society has seen progress both in reducing the incidence and impact of cancer, however, more people are still being diagnosed in New Zealand each year, and greater support is needed right across the country.

“There are over 22,000 Kiwis getting diagnosed with cancer each year, and it’s slowly increasing,” says Daniel Glover, Cancer Society of New Zealand Communications and Marketing Manager.

But there is hope – treatments are getting better, and research is providing results each year. More people are surviving cancer than ever before and this is a direct result of the community’s support to raise funds that are used for research.

“When people ask if the money they are donating actually makes a difference, we can say absolutely. But we still have a long way to go, so the research is vitally important.

Now in its 27th year, Daffodil Day raises awareness of cancer and is the biggest generator of funds for the Cancer Society. The daffodil is one of the first flowers of the spring season and with its bright yellow bloom represents hope for the one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer each year.

Paulette Phillis and Patti Bottomley are joint organisers of the annual Mangawhai Daffodil Day appeal events for 2017.

Without government funding, the annual appeal is the biggest generator of funds for the Cancer Society, who relies on donations and sponsorships.

Events this year include an already sold out breakfast at the Frog & Kiwi Restaurant on August 23, a quiz night at the Mangawhai Tavern on the 24th, and Friday 25th is bucket collection day. For more quiz night info call Paulette on 021 115 5257.

Support the Cancer Society by donating directly with a street collector, at any ANZ branch, or online at daffodilday.org.nz. Donations received will go towards vital research into better ways to detect, treat and reduce all types of cancers. They will also fund a range of support services, information booklets and health promotion activities.

Daffodil Day Info

Ÿ The Cancer Society has over half a million daffodils to give on Daffodil Day in return for donations.

Ÿ ANZ Bank has been the principal sponsor of Daffodil Day since the event began 27 years ago.

Ÿ The Cancer Society receives no direct government funding, relying on donations and sponsorships.

Ÿ Over 9000 people volunteer each year, over 3500 of them regularly!

Ÿ Since the service began in 2007, the free information helpline has had over 90,000 calls.

Ÿ The Cancer Society provides accommodation close to all major hospitals in NZ, and last year provided 62,395 bed nights.

Ÿ Cancer Society volunteers drove over 1 million km getting patients to treatment – 19,634 trips and 2,826 patients.


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