Volunteers, Daryl and Rani are gearing up to volunteer on Daffodil Day.
We are calling on West Australians to show their support for Daffodil Day this August by volunteering to help raise funds for life-saving cancer research on Friday 23 August 2019.
This year, Daffodil Day celebrates 33 years of turning Australia yellow, with Cancer Council aiming to raise more than $4 million for cancer research through donations, and by recruiting more than 8,600 volunteers to staff around 1,370 sites on Daffodil Day.
Thanks to investment in research over many years, amazing advancements have been made in cancer prevention, screening and treatment - helping to increase Australian survival rates from 49% in the 1980s to 69% today.
Our long-term Volunteer Daryl Walton said Daffodil Day was more than just fundraising on the day.
"I first decided to volunteer on Daffodil Day three years ago when my best mate was diagnosed with stomach and liver cancer - he was given just three weeks to live but he fought and lasted a year and ten days," Mr Walton said.
"It's a great cause and something I really want to get behind so we can help other people affected by cancer.
"It's wonderful having people come up to you to share their stories - you see just how many people are affected by cancer. They're always very grateful towards you and thank you for trying to raise awareness and money to help others - it makes you feel great."
Cancer survivor and Daffodil Day Volunteer Rani Varathan is also urging others in the community to get involved with the campaign.
"Daffodil Day holds a special meaning in my heart - it's a very good cause to support cancer research and we should all get together to help those who are affected by cancer," Mrs Varathan said.
Cancer Council nation-wide direct almost $60 million annually to research grants for vital research projects across Australia, making the organisation the largest not-for-profit funder of cancer research in Australia.
Our CEO Ashley Reid said the funds raised through the Daffodil Day Appeal had the potential to find the next breakthrough in cancer treatment or detection.
"Despite advances made in research and improving survival rates for many cancers, we know that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed by the age of 85. By supporting the Daffodil Day Appeal, you will help us invest in cutting-edge, life-saving research to give Australians hope for a cancer free future," Mr Reid said.
We are looking for volunteers to help sell daffodils and shake a tin at the following locations around Perth on Friday 23 August:
- Mt Lawley
There are many ways to support the Daffodil Day Appeal; donate online, volunteer your time, or buy a daffodil pin or fresh daffodils on Friday 23 August.
For more information or to get involved, visit www.daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.