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Cancer Society Daffodil Day Donations

15 August 2002

Cancer Society Daffodil Day Donations Go Back To Community

People donating to the Cancer Society this Daffodil Day, Friday 30 August, can be assured that their contributions will be spent in their own communities.

“Donations from a particular region will go towards cancer services in that region,” Cancer Society Chief Executive Neil Chave said today.

“I think it’s really important that people know that what they generously donate will be spent ‘in their backyard’, to make services available to their friends and family. For example, the money might go towards providing accommodation for cancer patients, training volunteers, providing ‘living with cancer’ programmes and cancer support groups, encouraging local schools to be SunSmart, or supporting the local Relay for Life.”

Mr Chave said that the Cancer Society relied on Daffodil Day donations to be able to continue to support people with cancer and their families.

“Cancer changes lives drastically. The Cancer Society around New Zealand does all it can to ease the burden of patients and their families.

“Modern cancer treatment is aimed at allowing people with cancer to be in their own home setting as much as possible. Daffodil Day enables us to provide support that helps people undergoing cancer treatment to carry on with their employment, family responsibilities and interests.”

He said the Cancer Society also had a toll-free telephone information service - 0800 800 426 - staffed by oncology nurses to provide information, support and understanding to people with cancer and their families.

Funds raised on Daffodil Day will also go towards research into the causes and treatments for many different forms of cancer, and the prevention of cancer through public education and health promotion.

About Daffodil Day

The use of the daffodil as a symbol of hope originated from the Canadian Cancer Society. It is now used by cancer organisations all over the world.

The daffodil is one of the earliest flowers of spring and brings a promise of brighter times after winter. Daffodil Day is the New Zealand Cancer Society’s main fundraising event, and has been held since 1990. The National Bank has been a partner and sponsor since Daffodil Day began.

Heralding spring, the day involves thousands of volunteers and many events across the country.

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