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Coast rallies for Cancer Society

Posted at 11:37am Tuesday 03 Sep, 2019 | By MacKenzie Dyer Author

Yellow school mufti days, workplace attire and pop up stalls brightened up the Coast last Friday, August 30 in support of Daffodil Day. 

In preparation for the day, Dairy Flat school learned about the Cancer Society and daffodil flowers in class.

“We talked a lot about the one in three people cancer statistic, which many kids in our class can relate to,” teacher Hayley Campbell says.

As a part of their yellow mufti day, students placed gold coin donations onto a daffodil drawn onto the concrete in chalk.

For the last 29 years, the last Friday in August has been dedicated to raising funds for the NZ Cancer Society.

While this has aided almost three decades of support for cancer patients, scientific research and health promotion initiatives, cancer is still the leading cause of death in New Zealand.

Over 23,000 people are diagnosed every year, which is more than the population of Taupō, Levin and Whakatāne combined.

Cancer Society figures show that the number of cancer cases has increased by almost 30 percent in the last 10 years. The organisation predicts that the need for its services will continue to grow, believing cases will increase another 50 percent by 2035.

Last year, Daffodil Day raised $4.5million.

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