The Daffodil Day appeal is the Cancer Council's most iconic fundraising campaign, but the current COVID-19 outbreak has forced the charity to shift away from its usual fresh daffodil fundraising stalls.
Whilst COVID-19 may have put a dampener on fundraising activities this year, there are still plenty of ways for the community to get involved and help Australians affected by cancer.
"For many of us, Daffodil Day means purchasing a beautiful bunch of fresh daffodils from a stall to help fund world class research and show our support for people affected by cancer," Miss Brianna Carracher, Community Relations Coordinator for Cancer Council in Western NSW said.
"Sadly however, the current COVID-19 outbreak in NSW means that we can't be out in the community this year.
Tammy Hirst from the Griffith Relay for Life team said that whilst the situation was 'not ideal', there were still many ways for the community to donate and show their 'flower power' to support Daffodil Day differently this year.
Funds raised on Daffodil Day and throughout the year go towards local causes such as the 'Transport to Treatment' service which is free and run by volunteers, ensuring patients across Griffith (and up to 200kms out of Griffith) are able to access their treatment if they don't have a carer to take them to and from appointments.
"Our amazing volunteers continue to run this service through COVID, and support many patients taking them to and from treatment in either Griffith, Wagga or Albury," Miss Carracher said.
Cancer Council also co-own cancer accommodation facility Lilier Lodge in Wagga, which sees many patients from across the MIA stay for the duration of their treatment.
"Funds raised this Daffodil Day ensure we can keep the facility running at low costs for cancer patients to ensure accommodation is accessible for all when undergoing cancer treatment, particularly when they are far from home," Miss Carracher said.
To register your fundraiser or donate, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.