At this years Daffodil Day collection on 28th August the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust celebrated 30 years of annual collections and raised over $10,000 on the day with more funds still to come.
While this years collection had some additional challenges to plan for due to Covid-19 restrictions, there was no shortage of generosity from volunteer collectors and public donations on the day.
Over 50 volunteers assisted on Daffodil Day at collection stations around the Whitianga area, many dressing up in the theme of yellow and daffodils. The Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust reported that some volunteers have been involved with the annual collection consistently for over 20 years.
Without our volunteer support to assist with collections it would be impossible to undertake our collections. This year we had far more volunteers than we actually needed and we are very grateful for their assistance.
Ann Mulcahy, Daffodil Day Area Coordinator Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust
Ann reported that extra daffodils were brought in for this years collection and that all 540 bunches were sold just after lunchtime. For members of the public that missed the collections they can still donate online at the Cancer Society and can select which region they would like to donate to.
Waikato-Bay of Plenty Cancer Society
The funds raised will support the Waikato-Bay of Plenty branch of the Cancer Society which provides specialist nursing and practical support, and accomodation at the Cancer Society/Lions Lodge in Hamilton for cancer sufferers. The regional branch works closely with the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust to support local residents within the Mercury Bay.
From the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust's point of view 2020 has been exceptional given that Covid-19 has overshadowed our lives so much, and yet Mercury Bay and surrounds locals have made such generous donations that we are on track to send a record amount to the Cancer Society!
Jenny Edwards, Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust
Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust
The aim of the Cancer Society is that ‘ no one should face cancer alone’. The local Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust provides a support network for individuals and families that are affected by cancer in the Whitianga and wider Mercury Bay area.