14 August 2018
For the Mawson Lakes Lions Club member and City of Salisbury Councillor Beau Brug Daffodil Day has very a special meaning.
In 2016, at just five years of age, Beau’s younger sister Hope was diagnosed with Wilms tumour, a cancer of the kidneys, which he says came as a complete shock.
“We were playing around and we found a lump and went to the doctors straight away. We never thought that it would be cancer so when we were told the news it was completely out of the blue,” he said.
“There is a significant difference between an adult and a child going through cancer. Having to explain to her what was happening and seeing her go through treatment and pain was really hard.”
“After that day, everything moved so fast, and Hope had to grow up very quickly. She had to undergo treatment almost immediately and her first day of school was postponed because her immune system was too weak to be around other kids who could make her sick.”
A Cancer Council Ambassador, Beau already knew about the range of services and supports on offer through Cancer Council, which he said made a huge difference to his family during their cancer journey.
“My initial motivation to support Cancer Council SA was to help raise awareness of the services and supports they offer, but when Hope got diagnosed, the connection became much more personal. My mum and sister used Cancer Council’s services throughout her treatment and they were a huge help to them when they needed it most,” he said.
A member of the Mawson Lakes Lions Club and Councillor in the City of Salisbury, his family’s journey motivated Beau to host his first Daffodil Day fundraiser in 2017 at the Mawson Lakes Bus and Train Interchange.
“We held our first event in 2017 to support Hope, who was not long out of treatment. Now, a year on, Hope is doing really well and we’re excited to be a hosting another event, making it bigger and better than ever before!” he said.
For Beau and his partner Lauren, who will be organising the Mawson Lakes Lions Club event, the day is their chance to raise money for an organisation that has become very close to their heart.
“The Daffodil really is a symbol of hope – not just for my family, but for all those families impacted by cancer. Everyone volunteering has been touched by cancer in some way and the day is our chance to not only see how far we’ve come, but also to invest in vital research which will one day help us achieve a cancer free future,” he said.
His message to others is to get involved in whatever way they can.
“Our 2018 Daffodil Day event is on August 24 Friday from 6.00am to 12noon at the Mawson Lakes Interchange and we can’t wait to see you there!”
“If you have a spare couple of hours on the Friday and want to volunteer your time and lend a hand we would love to hear from you. If not, we would love you to come down, buy fresh daffodils or a pin and help us raise as much money as possible to fund vital cancer research. Every dollar we raise counts,” he said.
With more than 1,300 Daffodil Day sites across the country, Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size says that the event is one of the most important days in Cancer Council’s calendar.
“This year, all the money raised through Daffodil Day will go towards funding vital cancer research,” he said.
“Over the past 20 years, more than 61,000 Australian lives have been saved by improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatment as a result of cancer research. With continued community support, many more lives will be saved.”
“Support for Daffodil Day ensures that we're investing in cutting-edge, life-saving research to give Australians hope for a cancer free future,” Mr Size said.
For more information about Daffodil Day or to volunteer visit www.daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.