Dougal Bear gave Daffodils to Shearwater Lodge patient Steve Langley and Anne Hillier and Derlein Pennell whose husbands are patients in the facility, while enjoying a friendly chat over a cup of tea and cake. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Dougal Bear gave Daffodils to Shearwater Lodge patient Steve Langley and Anne Hillier and Derlein Pennell whose husbands are patients in the facility, while enjoying a friendly chat over a cup of tea and cake. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

Cancer fight flourishes

THE DAFFODIL Army invaded Coffs Harbour yesterday, spreading awareness about the Cancer Council's coming Daffodil Day on August 22.

Dougal Bear led the charge at Shearwater Lodge, distributing daffodils to those needing them the most and spearheading a campaign that aims to raise $3.2million in New South Wales for cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.

Shearwater Lodge is a community-funded home away from home for cancer patients, their carers and relatives, as well as other hospitalised patients.

Since its opening in 2005, Shearwater Lodge has supported thousands of cancer patients and their families.

Daffodil Day co-ordinator Sarah Royall said August 22 was more than just another fundraiser.

"Daffodil Day is about uniting as a community to show support to those touched by cancer and to focus on Cancer Council NSW's belief that we can and will beat cancer," she said.

Cancer Council's Daffodil Day represents hope for Australians living with cancer and is the largest national fundraising event of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

More than 5000 volunteers will staff more than 600 Daffodil Day sites across NSW this year.

"Spreading hope about the defeat of cancer is very close to my heart and that is exactly the purpose of this activity," Sarah said.

To find out more information, or if you are interested in helping on Daffodil Day, contact Sarah on 66391303 or email sarahro@nswcc.org.au.