"Cancer directly affects nearly one in three of us - and the rest of us will know someone who has cancer."
-Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Council Australia, Professor Alan Coates
At the turn of the century, people with cancer were facing almost certain death. Today, more than 50 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer will recover. This is celebrated on Daffodil Day.The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for all people affected by cancer
The largest national fundraiser event for cancer in Australia is Daffodil Day. We celebrate the progress that cancer research has made and the efforts made by cancer patients, to celebrate hope, and to focus on a cancer free future.
Daffodil Day was created by the Canadian Cancer Society in the early 1980's, and it now run by charities in seven western countries.
This year, Daffodil Day was held on the 22nd of August(In Australia). It’s always around that date, because that is when the daffodils first start to bloom. In the Northern Hemisphere it's around March 21st.
In Australia, there are three ways in which you can help the fight against cancer:
- order a pre-packed box of merchandise or fresh daffodils to sell to friends or customers. (Merchandise includes pins, badges and pens.)
- Volunteer a few hours to sell fresh daffodils at any time during Daffodil Day week: 18-23 August.
- Make a donation to the Cancer Council by the phone, internet, postage or SMS.
The corporate sponsors of Daffodil Day in Australia are: Coles, Kmart, Bi-Lo, ANZ, N Newsagents, Amcal, HIC Network of Medicare offices, First National Real Estate, IGA, Katies, Rockmans, ROK Media, Spotlight, Millers Fashion Club, 1626, Crossroads and RACV.