Volunteers were out selling bundles of daffodils this weekend as part of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month fundraising campaign. Fresh cut flowers for the campaign have been arriving each spring in communities since the 1950s and the daffodil has become a well known symbol of the fight against cancer.
Over 700 daffodils were sold at No Frills on Saturday. Volunteer Joy Harford said, “I had the best day selling daffodils in six years. The location was wonderful and the people were just amazing.”
Door-to-door daffodil sales will be conducted in Castlegar throughout the month of April and table sales will be held Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ferraro’s and Wal-Mart.
Daffodils for the local sale come from Vancouver Island and are of superior quality.
Money raised during Daffodil Month helps local patients living with cancer and their families. Donations fund life-saving research, support services and other important work that means fewer Canadians will be touched by the disease. The society also helps provide rides through volunteer drivers to cancer patients who need help travelling for their treatment and has four lodges in BC providing a home away from home for patients. Last year the Canadian Cancer Society funded $45 million dollars in cancer research and helped more than 85,000 Canadians through support services.