Flower power: Local residents to volunteer for Daffodil Day

Monday 16 July, 2007

The Cancer Council Victoria is calling on Ballarat residents to join local supporter Jan Skewes in volunteering for Daffodil Day on Friday 24 August.

"Jan is one of our most passionate supporters, and will this year return for her third year as a Daffodil Day volunteer," Daffodil Day Coordinator Irene Manitta said. "But we need thousands of volunteers like Jan to sell fresh daffodils and merchandise at Daffodil Day sites across the state, so are looking for new volunteers to join the event this year too."

While there has already been a terrific response from local residents, the Cancer Council still needs 40 more people to volunteer in Ballarat to help make a difference this Daffodil Day.

"We're looking forward to seeing some fresh new faces volunteering for Daffodil Day within Ballarat this year to help continue Ballarat's long commitment to this important event," Ms Manitta said.  "We still have spaces at a number of stalls, so if you've been thinking about joining in Daffodil Day, now's the time to get involved."

Ms Manitta said that as the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Daffodil Day has played a vital role in raising funds for the fight against cancer for the past 13 years.

"Since the event began in 1994, Victorians have raised more than $19 million through Daffodil Day," Ms Manitta said. "These funds play a crucial role in supporting the one in three Victorians who will be diagnosed with cancer."

"But while the event has traditionally been very successful, it simply would not be possible without the support of volunteers," Ms Manitta said. "By joining Jan as a volunteer this Daffodil Day, you can make a real difference to people in your community facing cancer."

This year, the Cancer Council hopes to raise more than $2 million through Daffodil Day. Funds raised will allow the continuation of lifesaving cancer research, education programs to prevent cancers and detect them at an early stage, and support programs for people in times of great need.

Daffodil Day volunteering opportunities are available at a number of local sites, including Central Square, Big W, Bridge St Mall and Howitt Street. There are a variety of shifts available, including shifts on both Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August.

For more information or to volunteer for Daffodil Day today, visit http://www.daffodilday.com.au/ or call 1300 65 65 85.



Jan Skewes, a resident of Ballarat, can be contacted directly for interviews or pictures on 03 5331 5804.

Cancer Council media contacts:

Anna Jones, (03) 9635 5670, anna.jones@cancervic.org.au
Amanda Millington, (03) 9635 5355, amilling@cancervic.org.au