23 August 2013
Today is Daffodil Day and Cancer Council SA is asking all South Australians to show they care about beating cancer by proudly wearing a Cancer Council pin.
More than 600 Cancer Council SA volunteers will be stationed at more than 100 stalls across the state and will be showing their support for Daffodil Day by selling pins, fresh daffodils and other merchandise.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson, said that it is a special day for the many people who have had their lives touched by cancer.
“Every day, 25 South Australians are diagnosed with cancer, but every one of us can do something to bring the defeat of cancer closer,” Professor Wilson said.
“A recent Cancer Council study revealed that 61,000 Australian lives have been saved by improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatment over the past 20 years.
“Daffodil Day is our chance to come together and show a united effort in the fight against cancer. Whether it’s through family or friends - or through personal experience - we all have a story about how cancer has affected us.
“The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades, but there is still a long way to go.
“Daffodil Day is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to make an even greater difference.”
Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day is a day where everyone, everywhere can support people with cancer. Thousands of schools, workplaces, families and friends will today show their support for a cancer-free future.
Members of Australia’s Defence Forces will be among the army of volunteers taking to the streets today. Troops will be stationed along King William Street, selling pins and collecting donations, while a central site will be located at Gawler Place, Rundle Mall.
All donations on Daffodil Day will continue to provide support services, like Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20, which in this month alone will take more than 500 calls from South Australians impacted by cancer and more than 6,500 annually.
Funds will also help to support Cancer Council’s cancer prevention programs to help people reduce their own cancer risk, while also supporting vital cancer research within South Australia.
You can show you care about beating cancer this Daffodil Day by making a donation or by picking up a Cancer Council pin at one of the many stalls across the state.
Look out for over 600 Cancer Council SA volunteers at more than 100 Daffodil Day stalls across the state. Show your support for our passionate cancer champions out there at Cancer Council Daffodil Day sites, ‘rain, hail or shine’, who are committed to the defeat of cancer.
Donations can also be made by visiting www.daffodilday.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.