Day symbolises new beginnings and hope

August 10, 2017

For almost a quarter of a century Shepparton’s Cancer Council has been sourcing its daffodils for Daffodil Day from Renato’s Florist, Shepparton.

‘‘We’ve been involved for almost 25 years,’’ florist owner Sam Renato said.

‘‘The daffodil symbolises new beginnings and hope, it’s the first flower of spring.’’

Mr Renato estimated that over the years he had donated about 120000 daffodils to help the Cancer Council in its battle against cancer.

Daffodil Day, which is on Friday, August 25, this year, raises money for research and support for cancer sufferers.

‘‘The day tries to make awareness to the general public of the severity of cancer in the community because one in three people are touched by cancer in their life,’’ Shepparton’s Cancer Council member Vic Earl said.

This is especially true for Vic this year, with his brother Albert Earl having been diagnosed and suffering from prostate cancer.

Albert also has secondary cancer in his bones and has begun undergoing chemotherapy every three weeks as treatment.

‘‘I can see the benefits of Daffodil Day and the people working behind the scenes are the ones I admire the most,’’ Albert said.

‘‘The oncology unit is fantastic, I can’t give them enough praise. They are absolute magic.’’

Daffodil Day volunteers will be selling bunches of daffodils and merchandise at 10 locations around Shepparton, including Fairley’s SUPA IGA, Goulburn Valley Health, Renato’s Florist, City Walk, SPC Corio St outlet, Shepparton Marketplace, Bunnings Warehouse, Riverside Plaza, Mooroopna Woolworths and the Maude St Mall during the Winter Market.

‘‘Last year we raised over $155000, it would be nice to top that but whatever we make will go to the Cancer Council and will be used for research, support and education,’’ Vic said.

It takes up to 60 volunteers to bring the day together and Vic said Shepparton’s Cancer Council was always looking for more volunteers.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to bunch daffodils on Thursday, August 24, or sell flowers on Friday, August 25, can phone Vic Earl on 58283355.

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