Cancer society recruits an army of yellow

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They say it takes an army to move a mountain. That’s why Tauranga residents are being invited to come on board as volunteers in the annual Daffodil Day appeal.

Each year the Cancer Society relies on more than 9,000 volunteers around New Zealand to make Daffodil Day a success. 

Since its inception in 1991, Daffodil Day has become one of the biggest fundraising awareness campaigns in the country and a symbol of hope for the one in three Kiwis affected by cancer.

This year Daffodil Day is on August 31, and the organisation is looking for more than 500 enthusiastic ambassadors to deliver an exceptional fundraising appeal.

Tauranga Daffodil Day Coordinator Karen Gemmell says Daffodil Day volunteers will experience a unique atmosphere, meeting new people and contributing to a cause which impacts so many New Zealanders.

“Together we can beat cancer, so we want to engage with all ages, genders, and communities to build on our fundraising results of previous years. There are a variety of volunteer roles across the region, so there is something for everyone.”

Volunteering roles range from helping to deliver more than 1,600 bunches of fresh daffodils to organisations and people around the city, to being the face of the street collection at more than 300 sites from Te Puke to Katikati.

Daffodil Day is about raising much needed funds, so the society can provide support to people with cancer now, and help prevent cancer’s future.

All of the money raised from Daffodil Day stays in the region where it was donated to help people in their local communities.

The donations raised in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato region will enable the Cancer Society to fund vital cancer research, provide supportive care for people affected by cancer, keep communities healthy, and operate the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge.