Swapping daffs for cash

Volunteers Dave Devaney and Janet McComb, with some of the 20,000 daffodils that were sold in Cambridge during last week’s annual Cancer Society fundraiser.

Daffodil Day volunteers were out in force recently, stocking the town with beautiful bouquets of daffodils and raising funds for the Cancer Society’s biggest annual fundraiser on August 31. Over 20,000 blooms were sold in Cambridge, generously donated by local growers who wished to remain anonymous, and who also donated the flowers to fundraisers in Te Awamutu and Morrinsville.

Members of the Cambridge Girl Guides and a few Cambridge locals braved last Thursday’s wet weather to help pick the daffs in time for the Friday and Saturday fundraising drive. The Cancer Society’s Waikato/Bay of Plenty fundraising manager, Catriona Findlay, said the total raised this year in Cambridge was $20,713, which smashed last year’s figure of $14,180.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with this result; it speaks volumes to the generosity of the Cambridge community. A huge thank you must go to Nicky and the team of local volunteers who stepped up to make Daffodil Day a success, as well as all the individuals and organisations who supported the appeal,” Catriona said.

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