Flagship fund-raising day

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The Cancer Society’s annual flagship event, Daffodil Day – one of the most important fundraising and cancer awareness events – falls next Friday, August 26.
Now in its twenty-sixth year, Daffodil Day raises awareness of cancer and is the biggest generator of funds for the Cancer Society.
Mid Canterbury residents are strong supporters of the Cancer Society and organisers are hoping that support will continue when the annual appeal hits the streets.
Funds raised during appeal will be used in the Canterbury West Coast region to provide many services.
Mid Canterbury centre manager Annie Bonifant said an important service offered was driving people to medical and treatment appointments in Christchurch. Volunteers are averaging about 40 drives a month.
Some welfare help is available through such things as petrol and grocery vouchers, provision of baking, and meals. Counselling may also be funded.
There are local support groups for people with breast or prostate cancer and a monthly lunch for those with any type of cancer.
Health promotion plays an important part in the society’s work through the SunSmart programme in schools and Smokefree promotion in the community. Information leaflets on a wide range of related topics are freely available.
Hundreds of volunteers help out in a myriad of ways – service clubs, women’s organisation and individuals provide baking; others drive people to appointments or treatment; some provide respite care by visiting homes to give carers a break; and of course, hundreds help with collecting during the annual appeal.
‘‘Our community is very generous,’’ Mrs Bonifant said, ‘‘and we’re very grateful for the support yearround.’’
Whether it is counselling services, support in the community, information or accommodation, the Cancer Society is there for everyone and next week’s Daffodil Day will ensure the work continues.