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Every dollar makes difference

By Benalla Ensign

Cancer Council Victoria is calling on the Benalla community to participate in Daffodil Day next month to help raise funds for vital cancer research.

This year, more than 33000 Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer and while survival rates have increased for certain cancers, there is still much to be done.

Known internationally as a day of hope for those affected by cancer, Friday August 24, marks the 32nd Daffodil Day in Australia.

There are many ways people can get involved and show support: by volunteering time, wearing a pin, buying fresh daffodils or donating on Daffodil Day.

Every dollar donated during Daffodil Day makes a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Victoria.

Funds raised in the lead up to, and on, Daffodil Day help support life-saving cancer research.

Cancer Council is the largest not-for-profit funder of cancer research in Victoria.

Every year, $20 million is spent on world-class cancer research projects.

‘‘We cannot do what we do without donations and the help of the community and we are really encouraging everyone to get involved this year,’’ Cancer Council Victoria acting head of fundraising Lisa Kastaniotis said.

‘‘Advances made in research now mean higher survival rates for many cancers, but 90 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer every day.

‘‘We still don’t know why some types of cancer develop.

‘‘It’s important to raise funds for research, so we can find out more about detecting and treating these cancers. That’s why we need to fund the best research we can today, so that we can benefit from breakthroughs, tomorrow.’’

With the help of about 1500 volunteers, merchandise will be available at 250 street stalls across Victoria.

Cancer Council Victoria hopes to raise $1 million and local involvement will be vital in reaching the target.

●To volunteer, visit www.daffodilday.com.au or phone 1300656585.