Wednesday, 18 September 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Daffodil Day the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust’s biggest event of the year

More than 80 eager volunteers will be donning yellow and taking to the Mercury Bay streets this Friday, 30 August, for the Cancer Society of New Zealand’s Daffodil Day. The annual fundraiser is coordinated locally by the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust and trustee, Ruth Young, says it is the trust’s biggest event of the year.

“It is a huge undertaking, but we have a great team of volunteers, from Matarangi down to Hahei, who are so supportive and do a terrific job,” she says.

Daffodil stalls will be up and running from around 8:00am on Friday. In Whitianga, they will be located outside New World, Countdown, Buffalo Beach Four Square and near Tango’s in Albert Street. There will be roaming street collectors throughout the day and also during the evening at local restaurants, pubs and clubs.

Over the weekend, members of the trust were out picking some locally grown daffodils, which are being distributed to local business throughout the week.

“Steve Wood and Sandy Dobedoe from Coastal Satellite very kindly allowed us to collect from their huge paddock of daffodils up on the 309 Road. Gloria Humphries also donated daffodils to us from her Coroglen property on Rangihau Road. After we collected the daffodils, we took the flowers home and organised them into bunches.

“Daffodils are also sent to us by the Cancer Society to sell on Friday. When they arrive, we need to get them in water, put them in bunches and then get them out all the volunteers by Thursday so everyone is ready to go on Friday morning,” says Ruth.

Ruth says the Coromandel Peninsula is one of the most generous regions in the North Island every year in terms of the money raised on Daffodil Day. “We get a huge amount of support, the level of awareness is really high here. This could be because of our older population. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, if we have not been ourselves. It is a big factor for all our communities and one that will become even bigger over time as our retired population increases,” she says.

Although it operates as an independent organisation, the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust works closely with the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch of the Cancer Society. The five trustees of the trust have all been affected by cancer in some way. “We are there to support people who have had a cancer diagnosis and their families. It is a very daunting time and we help make sense of information and connect people with other services that are available to them. Because we have all been through it ourselves in some way, we can empathise with what they are going through and advocate for them if required,” Ruth says.

The funds raised through Daffodil Day go to the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch of the Cancer Society with a proportion coming back to the Coromandel to support patients and families with things like transport to appointments and accommodation close to Waikato Hospital if required.

“We are all set for another great day on Friday. A huge thanks to all our volunteers - we will be out there fundraising whatever the weather, so come by, say hello and show your support for this cause that is so close to all our hearts,” says Ruth.

Pictured: Some of the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust trustees and volunteers who picked daffodils over the course of last weekend. From the left - Julie Oliver, Ruth Young, Sel Richardson, Lynne Richardson, Delle Jackson (in front of Lynne), Ann Mulcahy,Steve Wood, Tony Kelly, Anne Pendray and Glen Mulcahy.

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