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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Strong Turnout for Daffodil Month

Regional | by Liny Lamberink  

Cancer Society says 400 Bluewater area volunteers participated in April.

The number of volunteers in the area who took part in the Canadian Cancer Society's Daffodil Month doubled since last year.

Fundraising assistant Carly Furniss says almost 400 volunteers in Grey-Bruce, and the Collingwood area offered their time during the month of April to sell daffodil pins.

That's compared to the roughly 200 volunteers from last year.

In total, they raised over $62,000.

Over $26,000 were generated by pin sales in high foot traffic areas, while almost $40,000 came from door-to-door campaining in Kincardine and Town of the Blue Mountains communities.

Furniss says communities like Saugeen Shores and Kincardine -- who weren't able to participate in 2015 -- had great impact this year around.

The number of volunteers in Meaford, Owen Sound, Hanover, and Flesherton also increased.

Furniss says more people are giving back to the Cancer Society because more people are experiencing an emotional tie to the cause after the loss of a loved one.

She adds it's not a big commitment, and it's something people know helps all aspects  of the Society.

Daffodil month is the backbone of the Canadian Cancer Society's fundraising initiatives.

The funds raised go towards all of their initiatives, including a program that arranges volunteers to drive patients to and from their treatments.

Furniss says the program is crucial because it's a long drive to treatment centres located in Owen Sound, Barrie, Toronto, and London. 

Daffodil related events began back in the 1950s, when Cancer Society volunteers hosted afternoon teas decorated with the yellow flower.

These "Daffodil Teas" grew in popularity, and the first Daffodil Day -- where volunteers sold the flower in the streets -- took place in 1957.

In 2011, the daffodil pin was introduced in Ontario. 

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