Buy a daffodil for blooming good cause

Tuesday 7 August, 2007

Around forty-five Moonee Valley residents are expected to be diagnosed with cancer during August, so The Cancer Council Victoria is calling on locals to buy a daffodil for Daffodil Day on Friday 24 August as a symbol of hope for friends and neighbours
facing cancer.

"When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it's easy to feel a little helpless," Daffodil Day Coordinator Irene Manitta says.

"Daffodil Day is a great way to showyour support for locals facing cancer and to make a tangible difference to their cancer fight."

While around a third of all Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes, more than 60 per cent will now survive their diagnosis.

"Compared to ten years ago, an additional seven people out of every 100 will survive their cancer at least five years," Ms Manitta says.

"It's events like Daffodil Day that fund the advancements which actively keep Moonee Valley families together longer."

On Daffodil Day, volunteers throughout Victoria will sell fresh daffodils and Daffodil Day merchandise at train stations, street stalls and shopping centres. Merchandise will also be available from participating retailers.

"A number of local volunteers have been very generous in donating their time to sell Daffodil Day merchandise within Moonee Valley," Ms Manitta says. "We encourage all other local residents to help ensure the success of the event by buying a daffodil
on Friday 24 August."

The Cancer Council hopes to raise more than $2 million on Daffodil Day in Victoria. All funds raised will support lifesaving cancer research, education programs to help prevent cancers and detect them at a stage when they are most curable, and
support services for people in times of great need.

"When you hear the words ‘you have cancer' your life is changed forever," Ms Manitta says. "If you know someone that's faced cancer, why not buy a daffodil? It's a great opportunity to show you care."

For more information on Daffodil Day call 1300 65 65 85 or visit daffodilday.com.au.

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For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact Amanda Millington, 9635 5355, amilling@cancervic.org.au or Anna Jones, 9635 5670,anna.jones@cancervic.org.au