Combat Cancer with your Community this Daffodil Day

Wednesday 28 June, 2017

Cancer Council Victoria is reminding people how important community participation on Daffodil Day is to raise funds for cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

This year, over 31,000 Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer, and while survival rates have increased for certain cancers, there is still much to be done. 

Friday 25 August marks the 31st Daffodil Day in Australia, which gives international hope for a future free from cancer.

There are many ways people can get involved and show support: by wearing a pin, buying some merchandise, volunteering at a site or donating on Daffodil Day, people are showing their support to the 87 Victorians who are newly diagnosed with cancer every day.

Every dollar donated during Daffodil Day makes a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Victoria. Funds raised in the lead up to and on Daffodil Day help support life-saving cancer research, as well as the delivery of services and care for people affected by cancer all over the state.

With the help of around 1,200 volunteers, merchandise will be available at 320 street stalls across Victoria. Cancer Council Victoria hope to raise $1 million and local involvement will be vital in reaching the target. 

Director of Fundraising at Cancer Council Victoria, Andrew Buchanan said: "Advances made in research and prevention now mean higher survival rates for many cancers. That's why we are more determined than ever to make this a successful Daffodil Day."

"We want to beat cancer through more research, through educating the public on ways to prevent cancer and by helping people who have cancer get the best treatment and care." 

Mr Buchanan also said: "We still don't know why some types of cancer develop so it's important to raise funds for research so we can find out more about preventing, detecting and treating these cancers. We cannot do what we do without donations and the help of the community and we are really encouraging everyone to get involved this year."

To volunteer visit www.daffodilday.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.

Updated: 28 Jun, 2017