Volunteers needed for Daffodil Day

BRIGHT BUNCH: Selling daffodils could help save lives. More than $1 million will be raised on August 24 for research into cancer cures.
BRIGHT BUNCH: Selling daffodils could help save lives. More than $1 million will be raised on August 24 for research into cancer cures.

GIVING a bunch of daffodils to someone can brighten their day but sales of the flowers could also bring the gift of life.

Money raised by Cancer Council volunteers on Daffodil Day, Friday, August 24, will be used to fund research into a cancer cure.

More than 1200 people are needed to volunteer their time to sell thousands of daffodils across Queensland, with about 300 stalls to be set up on the day to raise $1 million for the cause.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan encouraged locals to turn the state yellow and spread hope by volunteering on Daffodil Day this year.

“Whether you can volunteer for a few hours, or a full day, your contribution will help us raise vital funds that can be invested back into research,” Ms McMillan said.

She said more than 61,000 lives have been saved by improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatment right across Australia, developed as a result of ongoing research throughout the past two decades.

But more needed to be done, with one Queenslander diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes, which was more than 27,000 people each year.

“While cancer research has made some extraordinary breakthroughs over the years, with treatments improving all the time, there are still cancers with low survival rates and limited treatment options,” Ms McMillan said.

“Support for Daffodil Day ensures that we're investing in cutting-edge, lifesaving research that will bring a cancer free future closer.

“We want to encourage everyone to get involved in Daffodil Day and know that their involvement could save the life of someone they love.”

To volunteer on Daffodil Day, or find out more, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.