Daffodils on sale in April at select Island grocery stores

Volunteer Justin Burns and Keltie Melanson, Sudbury and District Cancer Society community partnership coordinator, sell daffodil pins during the 2016 campaign.

Volunteers needed; good opportunity for high school students in need of hours

MANITOULIN—The Canadian Cancer Society will be running Daffodil Month on Manitoulin in partnership with Dean’s Valu-Mart in Gore Bay and Orr’s Valu-Mart in Little Current.

“This is the first year in a while that we have partnered with stores on Manitoulin for Daffodil Month,” said Sudbury and District Cancer Society Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Lindsey Jones. “The stores will be selling daffodils in the month of April with a portion of the sales going to the Canadian Cancer Society. We are also seeking volunteers to help sell fresh cut daffodils and daffodil pins at the two locations the weekend of April 22-23. We are hoping to recruit students who are in need of volunteer hours.”

Ms. Jones said that students can volunteer in groups of two so that they are more comfortable. Students can find out more information and sign up at www.myccschedule.ca.

“We are also encouraging community partnership for Daffodil Month,” said Keltie Melanson, Sudbury and District Cancer Society community partnership coordinator. “There are many different ways schools and businesses can get involved—they could host a bake sale, staff could donate to have a causal dress down day, head shaving fundraisers, pancake breakfasts, organizing a sports tournament or students can raise funds to throw their teacher ‘in jail’.”

If a school, class or business is looking to organize a fundraising event they can contact Ms. Melanson for ideas or organizational help, 705-670-1234 ext. 3700.

“All the funds raised during Daffodil Month go towards Canadian Cancer Society programs like the Wheels of Hope (in which volunteer drivers take cancer patients to their treatments) and lifesaving cancer research,” said Ms. Jones said. “When $50 is raised, that is enough for one patient to get to their lifesaving cancer treatment.”

Since the 1950s, bright yellow daffodils have arrived in communities across Canada to mark the beginning of Daffodil Month. To this day, the daffodil continues to symbolize strength and courage in the fight against cancer.

For more information, visit www.cancer.ca.