More than 700,000 daffodils are expected to be sold across Queensland today to help raise funds and awareness for Cancer Council Queensland.
On the Gold Coast more than 340 volunteers are at 48 locations across the city selling the yellow flowers as well as daffodil pins.
Broadbeach local, Lynn Martini said her own personal experience with cancer motivated her to give back and volunteer to sell daffodils each year.
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“Not only have I been diagnosed with breast cancer myself, but my husband has had oesophageal and stomach cancer,” she said.
“In addition, I’ve watched so many friends and family members go through cancer and have lost loved ones to the disease.
“My dear friend, June Harrison, who got me into volunteering on Daffodil Day passed away from ovarian cancer earlier this year so I’m volunteering to help raise funds for research, early detection and better treatments.
“Early detection saved my life, and I’m passionate about ensuring others also have the best chance of beating the disease.
“Daffodil Day is a wonderful way to give back and know that you’re helping a good cause – and it’s always a lot of fun on the day.”
This year Daffodil Day is celebrating 32 years of turning Queensland yellow, and Cancer Council Queensland is hoping to raise $1 million to invest in cancer research.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said Daffodil Day was the perfect opportunity to show support to loved ones affected by cancer.
“The daffodil is the international symbol of hope – we can all give hope to Queenslanders affected by cancer simply by supporting the cause,” Ms McMillan said.
“Every daffodil sold, or dollar raised, will enable us to continue investing in lifesaving cancer research programs, giving hope for better treatments and early detection methods.
“In Queensland one person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes. Whether you buy flowers for yourself, gift them to a friend, or donate – your support makes all the difference.”
This year Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1 million through Daffodil Day.
For more information about where to buy daffodils, or how to donate, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.