Daffodil Day fundraising moves online

Cancer Society Ashburton crew, from left, Mandy Casey, Annie Bonifant and Sue Letham with some giant daffodils before lockdown made to remind people of Daffodil Day.

Cancer doesn’t stop, so we won’t either, Cancer Society of New Zealand boss Lucy Elwood says.

Covid-19 lockdowns may have once again impacted the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day fundraising plans – but it has not stop the need for its services.

People can support the organisation with donations through their website, or through ANZ (who will match all donations) and also get creative with their own online fundraisers while in lockdown and registering these on their website: www.daffodilday.org.nz

Cancer Society of New Zealand chief executive Lucy Elwood

“The tag-line for our Daffodil Day campaign is ‘Cancer doesn’t stop, so we won’t either’.

“We are truly living those words right now – cancer doesn’t stop because of covid,” she said.

“Our staff are going above and beyond to support those using our services, communicate updates on scheduled treatments and addressing any issues that are being experienced.”

The Cancer Society is urging supporters to donate and fundraise online as covid forces the cancellation of its iconic street collection tomorrow.

They relied on the generosity of people in the community to fund services and were very grateful for the support we receive from Mid Cantabrians, which went toward covering the cost of the services delivered to the people in the district.

Ms Elwood said last year the organisation was unable to hold a street appeal in Auckland, due to covid restrictions.

“Unfortunately a year later, we find ourselves in a similar situation throughout all of New Zealand,” she said.

“We are now counting on our generous supporters to donate online.”

Ms Elwood said covid lockdowns in the past had seen demand on the Cancer Society’s service increase as many going through cancer treatments had more anxiety.

“This is the time for the Cancer Society and New Zealanders to step up and not step back,” she said.

Services for people with cancer were still available in lockdown, including accommodation services continuing as a safe cancer patients undergoing treatment, and patient-support services continuing over the phone and online.

Daffodil Day provides many with a chance to celebrate survivorship and remember those who have passed.

“We hope this still happens safely in bubbles and we want to keep the Daffodil Day spirit going. There are people already fundraising for us in their own unique ways on our daffodilday.org.nz website, and we are so grateful for their support.

“We know this is also a blow for many people who have been regular volunteers on Daffodil Day too.

“ANZ is supporting us to help make this year’s Daffodil Day efforts a success” by giving three dollars for every one dollar donation made through its ‘Digital Daffodil’.

Visit www.anz.co.nz/donate to donate.