THE Bachelorette’s Jake Ellis has put his quest for love on hold this month as he sets out to raise awareness and hope for Australians affected by cancer, including his mother.
The reality TV star from the Gold Coast has teamed up with Cancer Council Queensland to show his support for Daffodil Day as an official ambassador of the iconic campaign.
Jake’s mum is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 2011.
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“Mum has been battling breast cancer for many years and unfortunately she is still fighting for her life,” Jake said.
“She was first diagnosed in 1993 and it returned again in 2011, and she has been going through treatment ever since.
Jake said he has seen first-hand how much fundraising initiatives like Daffodil Day can make a difference.
“The improvements in treatment options, and support services, in incredible, but more still needs to be done to ensure other families don’t have to go through what we are.”
Jake has urged Queenslanders to throw their support behind someone they know affected by cancer by getting involved this Daffodil Day.
“Daffodils offer a vibrant contrast to the reality of cancer and help give much-needed hope to people, like mum, who have been diagnosed,” he said.
“Whether you wear a pin, buy a bunch of daffodils or donate at daffodilday.com.au, it all makes a difference.”
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan encouraged Australians to save the date and join Jake in showing their support for the cause.
“Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s most iconic events, bringing hope and joy into the lives of locals affected by cancer,” Ms McMillan said.
“We’re proud to have Jake on board as an ambassador in 2017 and we encourage others to also show their support.
“The daffodil is the international symbol of hope – with every daffodil sold, we can reach out and support everyone affected by cancer.
“This month wear a pin for someone you know affected by cancer, volunteer or buy a fresh bunch of blooms on Daffodil Day.
“All funds raised from Daffodil Day are invested in vital cancer research, prevention and education programs and patient support services across Australia.”
To find out more about Daffodil Day, volunteer or buy merchandise, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via 13 11 20 or cancerqld.org.au.