Volunteers set to launch into daffodil campaign

The 2015 April Cancer door-to-door fundraising drive for the Canadian Cancer Society has begun.

Anna Anderson (left) and Kim Lindseth present Midway Mayor Randy Kappes with a daffodil lapel pin to signify the beginning of the 2015 April Cancer fundraising drive for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Daffodil Month is a national fundraising campaign of the Canadian Cancer Society. During April, society volunteers raise vital funds for the fight against cancer.

Did you know that in 1954, daffodils were used to decorate tables at a fundraising tea hosted by Lady Eaton in Toronto? More than 700 women attended the event, which raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society. The cheerful blooms were so successful they quickly became a symbol of brightness and hope in the fight against cancer.

This year cut daffodils will be sold at Christian Valley Service and Sears in Greenwood for $5 a bundle.

Money raised during Daffodil Month helps local patients living with cancer and their families. Donations fund lifesaving research, support services and other important work that means fewer Canadians will be touched by the disease.

You are joining thousands of other to help fight cancer as canvassers across Canada come knocking on doors in their neighbourhoods, rallying their workplace colleagues, contacting club members and asking friends and family to donate to help eradicate cancer and enhance the lives of people living with cancer. In 75 years, the overall survival rate has increased from 25 to 62 per cent.

The drop in cancer death rate has resulted in close to 100,000 Canadian lives saved over the past 20 years.

From April 1 – 30, we encourage Canadians to donate and proudly wear their daffodil pin to remember those lost, to honour those battling cancer today and to show cancer that we will not sit idly by while it takes another life. Cancer affects everyone.

This year, we are excited to be introducing a new way for people to fight back against cancer by becoming a monthly donor. Monthly donors make a big difference in the fight against cancer, because they not only help reduce administrative costs, but also provide a predictable source of income that allows us to more effectively plan ahead and make the most out of donor dollars.

Changing cancer forever won’t happen without you. The generosity of donors and volunteers has allowed the society to contribute to the progress we see today in the fight against cancer, but we know much more work needs to be done.

Now, more than ever, we need Canadians’ support.

Thank you for taking time to be part of the fight against cancer.

If you would like to help fight and be a door-to-door canvasser in Greenwood or Rock Creek, call Kim Lindseth 250-449-2869.