Daffodil Day is almost here and the ladies attending the Levin Cancer Society Coffee Club this morning were only too happy to lend a hand. Local landowners donate their spring blooms, which are gathered by volunteers. Our job today, after our usual very filling morning tea, was to prepare the daffodils for sale, outside at the back of the building. There tables had been set up with all the necessary equipment, such as rubber gloves, scissors and a huge packet of rubber bands.
I’m pleased that I had thought to bring an apron with me, as we all got wet down our fronts. Everyone worked really well, with a couple of the volunteers keeping an eye on things, lifting down the filled buckets from the tables and replacing them with more loose blooms. We didn't mind helping al all, as all of us at the Coffee Club have been touched by cancer.
Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society's annual flagship event and one of the most important fundraising and awareness campaigns in the country. The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, and is synonymous with the Cancer Society. The flowers represents hope for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer. Donations received go towards vital scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as providing a wide range of support services, information, health promotion and education programmes. The Cancer Society do a wonderful job of supporting those affected by this terrible disease, after diagnosis, and both during and after treatment.
Some of the blooms with bent stalks were trimmed right back and the helpers were invited to take a bunch or two of these shorter blooms home. Mine are adding a splash of colour as they sit on the bathroom windowsill.