Today is Daffodil Day. The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. Daffodil Day is a major funding source for the Cancer Society of New Zealand. The “Kindy Kids” came visiting at work today to help raise funds for this worthy cause. These pre-schoolers all had a bright yellow daffodil pinned to their jerseys. Some of them very importantly carried baskets of the fund raising daffodils to offer to the workers. Two of the children were getting an introduction into the world of high finance; these were the ones who had hold of the buckets to collect the coins, and they took this job very seriously.
Unfortunately, in this country, cancer affects 1 in 3 New Zealanders. I had my own brush with this horrible disease a couple of years ago and I am very thankful to the care and treatment I received from the Public Hospital. The Cancer Society also offered support and care. We made use of their drop-in centre which has an extensive library, and continuous coffee and snacks on offer. A big bonus is the free parking while attending appointments and receiving treatment at the Hospital over the road. Thank you, Cancer Society, for all the help we have received.