The annual flutter of yellow daffodils hit the streets of the Gold Coast last week as locals joined forces to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland.
While the annual fundraising event was a huge success, Cancer Council Queensland is now calling on Gold Coasters to sign up for Relay For Life.
The Gold Coast event will be held on September 16-17 at Doug Jennings Park, The Spit.
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After lending a hand at the Gold Coast University Hospital Daffodil Day stall, local Sammi West will now swap yellow for purple.
“This was my first year volunteering for Daffodil Day, but it will be my fourth year participating in Relay For Life and I am on the Relay committee for the first time this year,” Ms West explained.
Ms West said the reason she supports Cancer Council is because of the help the organisation has provided her family. “Just over twelve months ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and the assistance Cancer Council has provided my family and I has been incredible,” she said.
“They have provided my family with information resources, counselling and even helped my grandmother choose a wig after she lost all her hair.
“The work Cancer Council does is truly astounding and I believe if more people understood how they help families like mine, they would be more willing to help. A lot of my friends didn’t take part in Relay until they met me and saw the benefits of the fundraising.”
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said supporters like Sammi were making a real difference in the lives of Queenslanders affected by cancer. “Community support is instrumental to our work and significantly reduces the burden of cancer on the community,” Ms McMillan said.
“In the Gold Coast region, more than 3630 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, and about 1100 people die from the disease.
“All funds raised through our Daffodil Day and Relay For Life campaigns enable Cancer Council Queensland to invest in lifesaving research, prevention programs, and patient support services.
“With the help and support of local volunteers and fundraisers, we can give hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors, and hope for a cancer free future.”
Relay For Life is an 18 hour event involving teams of people keeping a baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight, in support of all Queenslanders, all cancers.
Registration is $30 per person or $40 after the week prior to the event. To register a team, volunteer or find out more, visit relayforlife.org.au or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85.