Daffodil Day set to provide hope

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
South West regional education officer Shenae Hawkins and cancer support coordinator Betsy Barton are urging the community to support the Daffodil Day Appeal this Friday.
Camera IconSouth West regional education officer Shenae Hawkins and cancer support coordinator Betsy Barton are urging the community to support the Daffodil Day Appeal this Friday. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Victoria Street will look a lot less yellow this Friday when the Cancer Council takes one of its biggest fundraising events online.

Traditionally held on Victoria Street in Bunbury, Daffodil Day aims to “paint the South West yellow” with the street appeal each year raising millions for cancer research through donations.

“Due to COVID-19 we have cancelled our street appeal and are now asking the South West community to jump online and make a donation to the Daffodil Day Appeal instead,” Cancer Council WA South West regional education officer Shenae Hawkins said.

“However, one of our volunteers, Sue Suckling, has decided to run two Daffodil Day stalls around Bunbury this Friday.

“All money raised will provide more than hope to people affected by cancer; it will fund vital cancer research that is saving lives every day.”

Mrs Hawkins said that despite advances made in research and improving survival rates for many cancers, every four minutes another Australian is diagnosed with cancer.

“Every day 33 Western Australians hear the words “you have cancer”,” she said.

“Unfortunately less funding will be available for research due to the current climate, so it’s more important than ever to ensure we support the work of our researchers.”

This year, Daffodil Day will celebrate 34 years of turning Australia yellow, with Cancer Council aiming to raise $2 million for research through online donations. Those wishing to support the Daffodil Day Appeal can do so by donating online through www.daffodilday.com.au before or on Friday.

Ms Suckling’s stalls will be held at the Bunbury Forum from 9am to 5pm and Dot’s Place from 10am to 3pm this Friday.

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