Cancer Council’s iconic fundraising event, Daffodil Day, will be taking place today and they are urging South Australians to buy a daffodil to help fund vital cancer research.
Over the past 20 years, more than 61,000 Australian lives have been saved by improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatment as a result of cancer research. With continued community support, many more lives will be saved.
This year the event celebrates 32 years of turning Australia yellow, with Cancer Council aiming to raise more than $4 million for cancer research with the support of 8,100 volunteers who will operate more than 1,300 sites on Daffodil Day.
Cancer Council invests more than $20 million on world-class cancer research projects annually, making the organisation the largest not-for-profit funder of cancer research in Australia.
Here in SA, Cancer Council SA is proud to lead Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project, a flagship cancer research funding collaboration between Cancer Council SA, the State Government, SAHMRI and the universities. Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said that while cancer research has made some extraordinary breakthroughs over the years, with treatments improving all the time, there are still cancers with low survival rates and limited treatment options.
“Despite advances made in research and improving survival rates for many cancers, we know that 27 South Australians are diagnosed with cancer every day.”
“Support for Daffodil Day ensures that we’re investing 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 fund our work.”
“We want to encourage everyone to get involved this Daffodil Day, and know that their involvement will fund ongoing research, which will help save more lives.”
It is estimated that over 1.1 million Australians have either survived a diagnosis or are currently living with cancer. 134,000 Australians are estimated to be diagnosed with cancer this year, meaning over 350 Australians are diagnosed with cancer each day.
Today, 68% of people will survive five years after a cancer diagnosis. This is an increase from 48% in the 1980s.
Cancer Council SA is South Australia’s leading cancer charity working across every aspect of every cancer. Here in SA, every day, they support families affected by cancer when they need it most, speak out on behalf of the community on cancer issues, empower people to reduce their cancer risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer. With your help, they’re getting closer to a cancer free future every day. Find out more at www.cancersa.org.au.
There are many ways to support Daffodil Day; whether it’s volunteering your time, buying merchandise on Friday 24 August, donating online, or dedicating a daffodil online to someone you love.
If you’re near the city today, daffodils are available for purchase at Hindmarsh Square, Rundle Mall and the train station.
For more information or to get involved, visit www.daffodilday.com.au.