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Volunteer during Daffodil Month

19 February 2014

Halifax -

The Canadian Cancer Society urges Canadians to join its team during April – Daffodil Month – a crucial fundraising time for the organization. 

“Every 3 minutes a Canadian hears the words “You have cancer,” says Barbara Stead-Coyle, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division.  “By helping us raise funds through the sale of fresh cut daffodils and daffodil pins this April, you’ll be part of a vibrant team working to change cancer forever.”  

Volunteers are needed now, more than ever. Current statistics show that the number of new cancer cases continues to rise steadily as the Canadian population grows and ages.  Almost half of all Canadians are expected to develop cancer in their lifetime and it is the leading cause of death in this country. While these statistics are sobering, the Society has contributed to making progress against cancer. Today, over 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25 per cent.  

“We’re on an exciting threshold,” says Stead-Coyle. “By volunteering for the Society you will be helping build a future where Canadians will no longer have to fear the word cancer, but we need your help to make it a reality.”

Selling daffodils and pins The Society has an urgent need for more volunteers to sell fresh cut daffodils and daffodil pins. These volunteers will work in communities across Nova Scotia and Canada during April to remind Canadians to buy flowers and a pin to show support for those fighting cancer.

“The daffodil is a bright and hopeful emblem that says we’re all in this together and we won’t give up until all forms of the disease are defeated,” says Stead-Coyle.   Volunteering to sell daffodils and pins requires only 3 or 4 hours of your time during April. “A small contribution of your time will make a big difference,” says Stead-Coyle.

Other volunteer opportunities during Daffodil Month include canvassing door-to-door, selling daffodils within your community or company and organizing special events.   Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your community, meet new people, be part of a dynamic team and learn new skills. If you’re interested in volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society, contact Helle Haven Peterson, Nova Scotia Division office at (902) 423-6183 or by visiting cancer.ca.

By volunteering during Daffodil Month, you’ll be helping the Society raise funds so it can continue to fight cancer by: funding excellent cancer research, providing information and delivering programs and services to prevent cancer and to support people living with cancer and their families and caregiversadvocating on behalf of Canadians on important health and cancer issues.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.