For more than two decades, the Cancer Society of New Zealand has brightened up the last Friday of wintery August with a burst of yellow flowers. Daffodil Day is now celebrating 21 years of fundraising for the society. Our household is one of the many which has been touched with the cold finger of cancer, and I underwent treatment almost 5 years ago. These days, Robin likes to help out as a volunteer driver taking local people into Wellington Hospital for treatment and appointments. So he was more than happy to give an hour of his time this morning manning a stand with collection buckets, daffodils and balloons. The table was set up in “The Warehouse”, in the Upper Hutt Mall, and many others were similarly dotted around the local shops, all manned by volunteers.
The Cancer Society is a not government funded so it relies on fundraising events like Daffodil Day to continue offering support to those who need it. The society runs support groups, holds public lectures, and has a well stocked library for patients and their families to use for research into their particular problem. All the money raised on Daffodil Day goes to medical research funding.