DAFFODIL DAY is almost upon us, with Cancer Council Queensland Beaudesert volunteers gearing up to sell the blooms in town on Friday, August 24.
The volunteer branch will run two sites – one outside Dolly’s at Beaudesert Fair Shopping Centre and one outside Woolworths – selling fresh daffodils and pins to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland’s cancer research.
This year will mark 32 years of Daffodil Day growing hope across the state for the 27,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer annually.
Branch member Ellen Logan said they enjoyed taking part to support the cause and had been involved for more than 10 years.
“The community is very generous, and we get the opportunity to hear so many people’s stories,” she said.
“Cancer affects everyone in some way so it’s wonderful to be able to help out and raise funds.”
Ms Logan said CCQ Beaudesert usually collects up to $4,000 each year from sales of daffodils and merchandise.
In addition to selling daffodils on the official day, Cancer Council Queensland volunteer branch members visit various businesses, giving everyone the opportunity to buy flowers or donate.
Locals are encouraged to support the cause to make a difference in the lives of Beaudesert locals affects by cancer.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said by supporting Daffodil Day, locals could help save the life of someone they love.
“All funds raised through Daffodil Day this year will support our cutting-edge, lifesaving research that will bring a cancer free future closer,” Ms McMillan said.
“Over the past 20 years, five-year survival rates in Queensland have increased to 70 per cent as a result of improvements in cancer treatment, prevention and screening.
“While cancer research has made some extraordinary breakthroughs over the years, there are still cancers with low survival rates and limited treatment options that need more funding.
“With your support on Daffodil Day, we can raise funds to save many more lives.”
This year, more than 1200 volunteers will be out in force around Queensland on August 24 selling more than 700,000 fresh daffodils at 300 sites.
Queenslanders can show their support by volunteering at a local site, buying flowers on the official day, or donating towards Cancer Council’s goal of $1 million.
The Beaudesert CCQ branch is looking to recruit another two or three volunteers to help man the stalls on Daffodil Day. Call Ellen Logan on 0408 431 223 to register interest.
Ms Logan said the branch was planning several future events to keep the fundraising momentum going.
“Next month we will be turning Beaudesert blue to raise awareness of prostate cancer and in October we will have Glad’s Girls in the Singing for a Cure concert as well as the Relay for Life,” she said.
To get involved, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.