Stand out in yellow today for Daffodil Day
MARIKA Langley looks great in yellow - which is lucky given it's the colour of Daffodil Day.
For the past 20 years, Mrs Langley has been a volunteer with Cancer Council Queensland and has become a regular face at Daffodil Day stands.
Her motivation is personal, having beaten breast cancer 15 years ago, her husband overcoming prostate cancer 10 years ago and her granddaughter fighting leukemia as a baby. "It's for my family. My granddaughter was diagnosed at three months and was in hospital for six months," she said.
"It was very sad. She was so sick. The chemo for a little baby is pretty ghastly.
"She is 18 now and just started at Melbourne Uni doing an arts teaching degree."
Mrs Langley, from Coolum, said seeing her granddaughter beat cancer inspired her whole family.
"We want to have a cancer-free world. That inspires me to work really hard raising funds so that we can get more research done," she said.
As the daffodil is an international symbol of hope, Mrs Langley said she wanted to inspire hope in others battling the disease.
"It's very inspiring," she said.
"Daffodil Day is one of my favourite events. It's a cause close to the heart but it's a happy day - an opportunity for people to share their stories, whether they're happy or sad - and a comforting reminder that you're not alone.
"We're a friendly face to talk to. It makes them feel better sometimes.
"It's such a simple way to help in the fight against cancer and a nice way to show your support for people in the community touched by the disease."
Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising coordinator Esther Attewell said this year Cancer Council hoped to sell 800,000 daffodils state-wide and raise $1.7 million to support its work in cancer research, education and patient support services.
"With the help of Sunshine Coast volunteers like Mrs Langley, we can help to make Daffodil Day a success and turn the town yellow," Ms Attewell said.
This morning Mrs Langley picked up hundreds of daffodils to sell at Noosa Civic Shopping Centre from 9am-5pm. For more information about the day, visit daffodilday.com.au, or call 1300 656 585.
Where to buy Daffodil Day merchandise
- Buderim Marketplace
- Bunnings Maroochydore
- Coles Mooloolaba
- Coolum Village Shopping
- Erbacher Fruit
- Friendlies Chemist, Nambour
- Grangers Footworks, Nambour
- Guardian Chemist, Cooroy
- IGA Palmwoods
- IGA Woombye
- IGA Yandina
- Kawana Shopping World
- Nambour Centro
- Nambour Hospital
- Nambour Plaza
- Noosa Civic
- Noosa Fair Shopping Centre
- Noosa Village Shopping Centre
- Palmwoods Pharmacy
- Stockland Caloundra
- Sunshine Coast Mail Centre, Nambour
- Sunshine Plaza
- Tewantin Bendigo Bank