Tasman Leader : August 28th 2014
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014 6213176AE TO ENTER 22 DAYS I M P R E S S I O N S A R T A W A R D S www.acn.org.nz Celebrating our vibrant and talented artistic communities access mobility maintain your independence SALES - SERVICE - REPAIRS - RENTALS wheelchairs mobility scooters walker/canes electric beds and hoists lift assist chairs bathroom solutions incontinence products daily living aids/products Walker/Rollator for Stability & Comfort Light & foldable to put into the car Home Healthcare Equipment and Mobility Products Visit our showroom at: Cnr McGlashen Ave & Croucher St, Richmond, Nelson Ph: 03 544 7717 www.accessmobility.co.nz 6265923AA Daffodils in full bloom for Cancer Society appeal By ALASTAIR PAULIN Symbols of hope: East Takaka resident Louise Sixtus supplies bunches of daffodils for Daffodil Day, saying ‘‘cancer affects a lot of people’’. Photo: Charlotte Squire Motueka Daffodil Day co- ordinator Megan Strong is allergic to daffodils but in every other way she is the right person to take over the big job of helping run one of the largest volunteer efforts in New Zealand. Her father Dan Strong, who died from cancer almost one year ago, was an avid supporter of Daffodil Day, leading the brigade of men who sell daffodils to Motueka businesses in the days before Friday’s street appeal. And since she is not working fulltime, she has time to devote to the mammoth task. In Motueka alone, there are more than 50 volunteers involved in the many aspects of Daffodil Day, from growing the tens of thousands of blooms at three local sites, to picking them, staffing stalls, running raffles and helping the community celebrate an appeal that raises about $100,000 in the region. Nationally, about 9000 volunteers help with the day, which raises almost $5 million annually. Nelson Cancer Society manager Linda Lucre said the appeal had such wide support because ‘‘every- body knows someone affected by cancer and because all the funds raised in the region are spent in the region. And everybody likes a daffodil and they are a symbol of hope.’’ The flowers have been blooming all over the region this week, from a barbecue outside the ANZ in Richmond on Tuesday to the ‘‘industrial walkers’’ delivering bunches of daffodils to businesses in Wakatu Estate, pupils at Motueka South School picking daffodils at Ann Devereux’s impressive field of yellow in Green Lane, and Motupipi School’s annual gala day on Friday that sees the whole school stepping up for the Cancer Society cause. Last year across New Zealand volunteers sold 9546 bunches of fresh flowers, staffed 1563 street sites, and sold 600,000 fabric daffodils and 8525 bears (all called Lucy). The money goes to a wide variety of services including all kinds of support for cancer patients and their families, cancer research (the Cancer Society is the largest non-Government funder of cancer research), health promotion programmes, education, Sun Smart campaigns, the Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER, and lobbying. Daffodils should be impossible to miss on Friday, but just in case, here’s where you can find street appeals and sales of the signs of spring in our district: Collingwood, street appeal; Takaka, street collector and out- side Fresh Choice; Motupipi Primary School; Motueka street collectors and stalls at New World, Bee Tees, Whitwells, Floral Affaire, Westpac, Bays Pharmacy and Countdown; and Richmond will have half a dozen different sites. Murchison, Brightwater and Wakefield will all have street sales too. ❚ You can also make an automatic $20 donation by calling 0900 31111 or donate $3 by texting ‘‘daffodil’’ to 305.
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