Daffodil Day

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The Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day appeal heralds the official beginning of spring and one of their major fund raisers for the year.

In Otaki, this year’s collection day proved to be a warm and sunny spring day for the many volunteers out selling fresh daffodils and other Society’s wares. Teams of volunteers from many community organisations manned the stalls, both down in the village and at the railway shopping centre.

“We were very pleased with the turnout this year and couldn’t manage without volunteer helpers, who man the stalls as well as collecting and delivering daffodils.” Faye James, the divisional coordinator for the Manawatu Cancer Society’s fundraising and special events. “There was quite a shortage of fresh daffodils this year. Daffodil Day has always been keenly looked forward to, not just for the collection of money, but for our products and information on our services, too.”

Several schools held coin trails and other events for the Daffodil Day appeal.

The long season, May to October, warm weather and lack of rain had led to the lack of daffodils for the appeal on August 29, Otaki daffodil grower, John McLellan said.