Now in its 31st year, Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day was celebrated across NSW today with the theme “For Someone I know”.
Volunteers manned Daffodil Day stands at various sites across the region on Friday 25th August, including at the North Coast Cancer Institute – Lismore Cancer Care and Haematology Unit (NCCI).
Offering smiles, a friendly ear and a table packed with yellow flowers and fundraising goodies, former Lismore City Council Mayor, Jenny Dowell, and local businesswomen Michelle Mitchell of LJ Hooker greeted patients and staff in the foyer.
Jenny has been a Cancer Council ambassador for many years, after she decided to get involved following a diagnosis of breast cancer 9 years ago.
“Every year, someone we know gets diagnosed, and this year I’m here for my mum, who has just been diagnosed with cancer,” Jenny said. “Each day we volunteer is a day closer to a cure for cancer.”
For Michelle, who has also had breast cancer, volunteering with Daffodil Day is about wanting to give back to those who are going through the same experience.
“It’s great to be here today and talk with people and continue to raise money for a cancer-free future,” Michelle said.
NCCI is a public healthcare provider, offering a range of cancer services including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and blood transfusions in Lismore. Services provided at the unit are bulk billed, following patient referral from a specialist.
Funds raised by Daffodil Day contribute to life-saving cancer research, prevention programs, support services and advocacy programs.
Pictured seated are Daffodil Day volunteers Jenny Dowell and Michelle Mitchell, with Cancer Council NSW Community Engagement Manager Rowena Terone.