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