Bacchus Marsh residents may have noticed a bit more yellow around town lately. That’s because today is Daffodil Day and the local community is being encouraged to pin a daffodil on their shirt to show that they care about beating cancer.
The largest fundraising event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Daffodil Day raises essential funds for cancer research, prevention and support services.
Sadly, statistics reveal that 128,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year and that number is set to rise to 150,000 by 2020.
The good news though, is that the survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades and hopefully it will continue to increase as cancer research helps lead to new and better treatments and hopefully one day to a cure.
If you choose to donate for Daffodil Day this year, here is how your money can help (from the Daffodil Day website):
- $5 can help us give a newly diagnosed cancer patient important support and information resources to help them through their cancer journey.
- $10 can help offer free exercise programs to help cancer patients build strength and fitness during and after treatment.
- $25 can help transport cancer patients to and from hospital for treatment.
- $50 can help fund a call to a cancer nurse on 13 11 20, that provides free and confidential information and support on all aspects of cancer.
- $100 can help provide free accommodation to cancer patients, their families and carers during treatment.
- $500 can help fund ground-breaking research into new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Everyone can help show support today by buying a daffodil or making a donation.
All further information about Daffodil Day can be found at daffodilday.com.au.
Have you bought a daffodil today?