Saturday, 26 September 2020

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Huge support for Daffodil Day this year

Unprecedented levels of support were shown for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society and our local cancer support groups during this year’s Daffodil Day (held on Friday, 28 August).

The Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust paid tribute to the amazing people of the region who collectively donated a record $10,760. The generosity is particularly heart-warming in a year that has been tough for many and the volunteers were overwhelmed with the response they received from so many.

In Tairua, $2,480 was raised for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society along with $2,070 for the Tairua/Pauanui Care & Cancer Support Group, far exceeding last year’s takings and proving that kindness and community mindedness is very much alive in the coronavirus era.

“My humble thanks to all the volunteers, too numerous to mention, who set up stalls, shook collecting buckets, manned tables, baked cakes, pickled and preserved, and potted plants,” said Tairua area coordinator, Jean McCann.

Almost $700 in online donations have also been raised by the Brave the Shave event organised by the student leaders at Mercury Bay Area School with some cash donations also made on the day. Several other local school and early childhood centres also hosted mufti days or other fundraisers.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day.

Pictured: Whitianga volunteers – Helen Larsen, Wendy Bradshaw and Jenny Robertson – getting ready to shake collection buckets on 28 August.

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