Pirie to turn yellow for Daffodil Day

Joy Quin, left, with volunteers Lenny Halfacre and John Skewes, holds her signed football.

Joy Quin, left, with volunteers Lenny Halfacre and John Skewes, holds her signed football.

Port Pirie will turn yellow on Friday, August 23, to support Cancer Council's Daffodil Day Appeal and raise vital funds for cancer research.

Spearheaded by Cancer Council SA Ambassador Joy Quin, the dedicated local volunteers have been supporting Daffodil Day for the past six years. This year, they will once again be coordinating two stalls - one in the Ellen Centre near Woolworths (previously located in the carpark) and one near the Coles service desk.

Joy is proud to have a special addition to the sites this year, a 2015 Adelaide Crows football signed by the late Phil Walsh and captain Taylor Walker. Generously donated, the football will be at Ellen Centre in the morning and Coles in the afternoon and will be presented to the highest bidder in a silent auction. Joy, who watched her husband undergo cancer treatment, says that Daffodil Day is very significant.

"It's a wonderful day, filled with hope and community spirit. So many people give up their time to make the day a success and I'm very grateful to all the volunteers who are willing to come on board and help in various ways," she said. For Joy, knowing all the money raised through this year's appeal will go towards cancer research is hugely important.

"Many of us have been impacted by cancer in one way or another and research really is key in ensuring that future South Australians don't have to go through what we've been through."

"Every dollar we raise makes such a huge difference and we are so proud to be able to contribute towards funding research that will hopefully save future lives."

The Daffodil Day Appeal takes place throughout August, culminating in Daffodil Day on Friday, August 23, 2019.

This year, Daffodil Day celebrates 33 years of turning Australia yellow, with Cancer Council aiming to raise more than $4 million for cancer research through online donations, and by recruiting more than 8,600 volunteers to staff around 1,370 sites on Daffodil Day.

Cancer Council and its research partners direct almost $60 million annually to research grants for vital research projects across Australia, making the organisation the largest not-for-profit funder of cancer research in Australia.

In South Australia, Cancer Council SA partners with the State Government, SAHMRI and the Universities to fund Cancer Council's Beat Cancer Project, the single biggest source of research funding in the state outside of the Federal Government.

Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said that funds raised through the Daffodil Day Appeal will go towards funding cancer research, with the potential to find the next breakthrough in cancer treatment or detection.

"Despite advances made in research and improving survival rates for many cancers, we know that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed by the age of 85."

"By supporting the Daffodil Day Appeal, you will help us invest in cutting-edge, life-saving research to give Australians hope for a cancer free future," Mr Size said.

"Cancer Council works across every aspect of cancer, but we rely on the generosity of community donations to help fund our work. We want to encourage everyone to get involved this Daffodil Day, with the knowledge that your involvement will give hope to everyone affected by cancer."

Join Joy and support Cancer Council's Daffodil Day Appeal by donating online or buying a daffodil pin or fresh daffodils on Friday, August 23.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.