Cancer Council Victoria is calling out to schools around the state to turn yellow and participate in the Daffodil Day Appeal this August to make a difference to people affected by cancer by funding vital cancer research.
Thanks to an ongoing investment in research over many years, amazing advancements have been made in cancer prevention, screening and treatment – helping to increase survival rates from 49% in the 1980s to 69% today. However, there are still more than 34,500 Victorians who will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone, and there are a number of cancers with low-survival rates – meaning there is more work to be done.
Head of Community Engagement at Cancer Council Victoria, Lyrian Fleming-Parsley said, “Encouraging children to get involved in this iconic campaign, the Daffodil Day Appeal, is a fantastic opportunity to build relationships with the local community and to show support for those affected by cancer. With one in three Victorians diagnosed with cancer by the age of 75, it’s so important that we fund the best research available. By selling fresh daffodils or having a dress in yellow day for a gold coin donation during August, schools in Victoria can really help to make a difference.”
Teachers are also encouraged to explain to their classes what the Daffodil Day Appeal is all about. There are many tools and Twinkl resources that schools can access, including Daffodil Day teaching resources, classroom activities and display materials which can be accessed here: https://www.twinkl.com.au/resources/daffodil-day
Introducing the work of Cancer Council to students will help them understand the impact of cancer and why the work in cancer research is so important. Cancer in the School Community is an information resource Cancer Council has made available to schools. The content is appropriate for all primary and secondary schools in Australia and provides guidance and practical strategies for principals, school counsellors and school staff to help their school cope with the cancer diagnosis of a student, parent or staff member.
For more information or to get involved, please visit daffodilday.com.au/event/daffodil-day/school-involvement or call 1300 65 65 85.