70,000 daffodils arrive ahead of 30-year celebrations
MORE than 70,000 daffodils have arrived on the Sunshine Coast ahead of Daffodil Day on Friday and Esther Attewell was there to meet them.
Daffodil Day is one of the Cancer Council's main fundraising events and has been running in Australia since 1986, making this year the day's 30th anniversary.
The daffodils, arranged into bunches, will be sorted - some for early delivery and others to sell at over 35 locations around the region this week.
The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for those touched by cancer as it blooms at the end of winter and heralds the return of spring, vitality and growth.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift encouraged locals to show their support for Daffodil Day by buying a bunch of daffodils, or donating to the cause.
"A bright splash of yellow does more than light up the community - it means we are taking active steps to beat cancer and to show our support to those affected," Ms Clift said.
"More than 26,000 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone, and about 8600 will die from the disease - we need to do all we can to support those impacted by this disease.
"Every dollar donated in support of Daffodil Day helps to grow hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors, and hope for a cancer free future."
To get involved, Queenslanders can buy a pin to show their support, donate online, volunteer or buy merchandise via daffodilday.com.au or 1300 65 65 85.
This year Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1.5 million during August to invest in vital cancer research, support services and prevention programs statewide.