With Daffodil Day fast approaching, Cancer Council Victoria is hoping workplaces and businesses around the state will order and sell merchandise to their colleagues and customers to help those affected by cancer.
Today, 87 Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer and while great progress has been made across the cancer landscape over many years, there are still some cancers that have low survival rates.
As Cancer Councils’ flagship fundraiser, the success of Daffodil Day is built on the hard work and commitment of the whole community coming together, year after year, to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
As well as workplaces selling Daffodil Day merchandise, around 1,500 volunteers will run 320 street stalls across Victoria on Friday 25 August. Cancer Council Victoria hope to raise $1million and local involvement will be vital in reaching the target.
Head of Fundraising at Cancer Council Victoria, Andrew Buchanan said: “We are overwhelmed by the response from volunteers this year: over 300 sites will be manned on the day and we are just thrilled.”
“We are now appealing to workplaces and businesses around Victoria to get involved and buy some merchandise. You can buy pins, pens and our mascot bear Dougal, which can then be sold to your customers or friends at work; it is a real contribution to those affected by cancer.”
Mr Buchanan also said this time of year is an opportunity for employers and employees to boost awareness of behaviours that can increase cancer risk. It is estimated that by 2030, 41,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Victoria.
“One third of cancers can be prevented through lifestyle choices, such as staying out of the sun, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, and participating in recommended cancer screening programs. We spend much of our time in work so it’s important we look at what habits we have formed and change them if necessary.”
“Everyone knows somebody who has been affected by cancer. As a not-for-profit we rely heavily on the generosity of supporters to help us continue our work; it’s genuinely heart-warming to see the enthusiasm and good-will from the community on Daffodil Day.”
All funds raised through Daffodil Day enable life-saving research, prevention programs to reduce cancer risk and support services for people affected by cancer.
To buy merchandise or to find out more, visit www.daffodilday.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.