Daffodils 2015
Daffodils 2015

Daffodil Day help at hand

BUDERIM's John McMahon will help turn the town yellow in support of Daffodil Day on August 26.

Cancer Council Queensland will celebrate 30 years of Daffodil Day during the entire month of August, with the official day falling on Friday August 26.

To help spread a message of hope, Mr McMahon will volunteer his time to coordinate the sale of fresh flowers and merchandise outside the Woolworths Supermarket in Buderim from 9am-5pm on August 25 and 26.

People are encouraged to get involved in Daffodil day by wearing a pin for someone they know, volunteering their time or buying a bunch of daffodils.

Mr McMahon said he was looking forward to volunteering for the cause.

"This will be my fifth year volunteering on Daffodil Day. It's an important cause to me as my family has been hit hard by cancer in the last seven years," he said.

"My sister and her husband both passed away from cancer and volunteering is a way for me to give back."

He encouraged other locals to lend their hand for the cause.

"We desperately need more volunteers. Even if you are only available for a few hours, any time you are able to give is greatly appreciated," he said.

"You get to meet new people and hear their inspiring stories on the day.

"Cancer affects every family in some way and together we can help make a difference."

More than 1600 volunteers are expected to staff more than 230 volunteer sites across Queensland during the week of Daffodil Day, selling more than 800,000 fresh daffodils.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift encouraged Queenslanders to support someone they know by getting involved.

"A bright splash of yellow does more than light up the community - it means we are taking active steps to beat cancer and to show our support to those affected," Ms Clift said.

"More than 26,000 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone, and about 8600 will die from the disease - we need to do all we can to support those impacted by this disease."

To get involved, Queenslanders can buy a pin to show their support, donate online, text to donate, order a merchandise box to sell, volunteer on the day or buy merchandise at daffodilday.com.au.

"Register now to volunteer to sell fresh daffodils and merchandise at one of your local sites on the day, or buy a pin or 30 year Dougal Bear to support those affected," Ms Clift said.

"Australians can text HOPE anytime throughout August to 1999 8877 and a $5/sms donation will automatically be incorporated into their mobile bill. 

"A follow-up text message will enable Australians to personalise and share a daffodil dedication.

"Daffodil dedications will also be available via Facebook and on the Daffodil Day website."

This year Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1.5 million during August to invest in vital cancer research, support services and prevention programs statewide.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via 13 11 20 or cancerqld.org.au.

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