The annual Daffodil Day was held last Friday 26 August. To provide hope for all New Zealanders affected by cancer, with 71 New Zealanders receiving cancer diagnoses every day, Daffodil Day was started to raise money to fund life-saving treatment and research. These daffodil blooms convey sunshine after the darkness of cancer and optimism of a new beginning.
Daffodil Day originated in Canada in 1956, and volunteers from the Canadian Cancer Society handed out daffodils, the first flower of spring, to raise awareness for those affected by cancer. Since the spark of Daffodil Day, annual celebrations occur world wide, with volunteers selling daffodils to raise funds to support cancer research and treatment.
At TGC, the Community Committee team was busy collecting gold coin donations on Thursday at Whānau Time, and Friday interval, as well as selling Daffodil Day pins. All proceeds raised go to the New Zealand Cancer Society. Our ākonga celebrated Daffodil Day with these fundraising opportunities provided by the Community Committee, and created origami daffodils in the Library on Friday at lunchtime. Over $650 was raised by our ākonga for this incredible cause!