- Each day around 350 Australians receive the news that they have a life-threatening cancer
- The cancer death-toll in Australia is more than 115 people, daily
However, there are some good stats too, such as:
- Over 60 percent of cancer sufferers will live more than five years after diagnosis.
- The last two decades has seen the survival rate for many common cancers go up by 30%.
Much of this good news can be attributed to the funds raised by initiatives such as Daffodil Day, which raises funds to improve treatments and conditions for patients and to increase awareness in the community about cancer and how to reduce the risk of developing it.
Daffodil Day 2014
Daffodil Day 2014 in Australia will be on August 22. This fundraising event is put on by the Cancer Council Australia a not for profit organisation whose purpose is to reduce cancer-related illness and fund research, prevention and education.
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Daffodil Day History
The first Daffodil Day was held in Australia in 1986 but the tradition stretches back to the 1950s when it originated in Canada. Volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society held a fundraising tea in Toronto, decorating the table with Daffodils as they thought it symbolised hope that a cure for cancer might be found. In 1956 in Toronto, volunteers started handing out daffodils for free, simply to raise awareness about cancer suffering, but when somebody asked to buy the flower in order to help the cause, the idea was born to sell the happy spring flower in order to directly raise money for the charity. Over the years the idea spread from Toronto to the rest of Canada, then the United States and eventually to Ireland and Australia.
In 2000 the Canadian Cancer Society, who are now the single largest purchaser of daffodils in the world, adopted the daffodil into its official logo and soon cancer organisations in other countries, including our Cancer Council Australia, did the same.
How You Can Get Involved
The Australian Daffodil Day website has lots pf information on how you can get involved to help raise funds. You can purchase and wear a pin, buy a flower, sell merchandise or volunteer to help the organisation in some way. There are options for workplaces to allow staff to volunteer for a day selling daffodil day merchandise or you can set up a box on your counter. And of course, if you are a florist, I am sure you can sell actual daffies for the cause!!
Now is the time to start thinking about how you can help, so go and check out the website, there are lots of great ideas for getting involved there: www.DaffodilDay.com.au
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