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Hume residents needed this Daffodil Day

Wednesday 9 July, 2008

With the 15th anniversary of Daffodil Day just around the corner, The Cancer Council Victoria is urging Hume locals to join Margaret Vidler and volunteer this Daffodil Day to help the fight against cancer.

Daffodil Day Coordinator, Katrina Desfosses, said thousands of volunteers are needed right across Victoria to help the 66 Victorians diagnosed with cancer everyday.

"It's not just people in lab coats who fight cancer ¾ it's people like you," Ms Desfosses said.

"Cancer affects everyone so we need volunteers, of all ages, from Hume to sell fresh daffodils and merchandise at local stalls this Daffodil Day, Friday 22 August, to help raise $1.9 million."

Cancer Council statistics show that in 2007, only 8% of Daffodil Day volunteers in Victoria were aged between 18-24 years, with the majority of participants aged 45 and over.

"We're hoping that those that have helped us in the past will come on board again this year, and we would really love to see some of Hume's younger residents embrace the event," Ms Desfosses said.

"Help us celebrate Daffodil Day's 15th anniversary - a wonderful milestone which has greatly impacted the cancer fight. Nearly $20 million has been raised by the event in Victoria alone since it began in 1993.

"All funds raised support the Cancer Council's lifesaving cancer research and education programs explaining how people can reduce their risk. Funds are also channelled into support services for people affected by cancer.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation. Without their tireless commitment, we would not be able to continue our work.

"We're grateful for the support of all our Daffodil Day volunteers and look forward to seeing some new faces this year, because with you we have hope," she said.

Register to become a volunteer today - or call 1300 65 65 85.

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