No Daffodil Day a ‘tremendous loss’


by Helen Holt

The Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day fundraisers have gone online.

Friday’s Daffodil Day and Sunday’s Daffodil Day rally had to be cancelled after New Zealand was snapped into Alert Level 4 last week.

South Canterbury Cancer Society centre manager Leola Wilson said the team was gutted.

“We’ve been planning Daffodil Day for the last three months, so it’s a tremendous loss for our staff and our volunteers.

“Daffodils bring hope and warmth, and it also brings our volunteers together. It’s always a day that we’ve looked forward to.”

However, Mrs Wilson was hopeful that South Cantabrians would continue to participate, despite lockdown.

“We do have the option to donate online. If everyone donated what they would otherwise pay for a coffee then that would be a huge help.

“We’re also hoping to do some interactive things on Facebook, like a yellow day on Friday, where everyone wears yellow.

“The generosity shown from South Canterbury will get us through. We have such a generous community.”

Mrs Wilson was hopeful that the fundraising events could be set for a date later in the year.

“We have to be positive. People will continue to have cancer whether Covid-19 is in our community or not. We just have to wait for the right time to come out of lockdown to continue with our plans.”

Daffodil Day raises $1million nationally. The local fundraisers go towards supporting 300 cancer patients in South Canterbury.