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  • Samir’s Daffodil Day Dedication to his Dad

    17 August 2018

    Dernancourt local Samir Madi will join hundreds of volunteers taking to the streets this Daffodil Day to raise money to support Cancer research.

    Samir’s passion for supporting Cancer Council SA started in 2015 following the passing of his dad Rafic to Multiple Myeloma at 83 years of age.

    “He was such a wonderful man, so active and full of life and always willing to help out, particularly amongst the Lebanese community.”

    “My dad lost his life to cancer just three months after his initial diagnosis which was a real shock to everyone in our family. His passing motivated me to help others in a similar situation which was why I first reached out to Cancer Council SA,” he said.

    On his Dad’s one-year anniversary, Samir signed up to become a volunteer and volunteered at his first Daffodil Day event in 2017. The experience changed his life and he’s never looked back.

    “For me, volunteering is an amazing experience. It gives you a sense that you’re giving back to the community and being a part of the bigger picture. It’s also so rewarding meeting people, hearing their stories and giving them support during such a difficult time.”

    “Cancer Council does such a great job supporting South Australians touched by cancer and I’m passionate about doing anything I can to give back. For me, that’s what Daffodil Day is all about” he said.

    This Daffodil Day, all the money raised will go towards research which is something that’s really important to Samir.

    “Cancer affects so many families either directly or indirectly and research means finding better ways to treat and manage cancer, and one day even finding a cure,” he said.

    “It’s what motivates me to be a volunteer and I hope it will encourage as many South Australians to donate to Daffodil Day as possible in the knowledge that their donation might save future lives.” 

    This Daffodil Day Samir will join more than 8,100 volunteers across the country who will give up their time to support Australians impacted by cancer.

    With more than 1,300 Daffodil Day sites across Australia, 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.”

    He said that 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.

    “Despite advances made in research and improving survival rates for many cancers, we know that 27 South Australians are still diagnosed with cancer every day.”

    “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. 

    “Cancer Council works across every aspect of cancer, but we rely on the generosity of community donations to fund our work. We want to encourage everyone to get involved this Daffodil Day like Samir and know that their involvement will fund ongoing research, which will help save more lives.”

    There are many ways to support Daffodil Day—whether it’s volunteering your time, buying merchandise on Friday 24 August, donating online, or Dedicating a Daffodil online to someone you love.

    For more information or to get involved, visit www.daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

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