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Cancer Society daffodil campaign blooms in April

Daffodils have been a bit slow in coming this year in B.C. By April, they are usually poking their heads out of the ground everywhere.

Even if daffodils are a bit slower than normal to poke their heads out of the ground, you are sure to see them blossoming everywhere in the province this month.

At least on people’s lapels, that is. Daffodils are the symbol for the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual April  campaign to raise funds for cancer research, support programs and services to support people living with cancer, their families and caregivers and advocating about important health and cancer issues

“The daffodil pin is a bright and hopeful emblem that says we’re all in this together and we won’t give up until all forms of the disease are defeated,” said Randene Wejr, the Southern Interior director for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Through April, volunteers will be knocking on doors and out in malls, reminding folks to buy and wear a pin to show support for those fighting cancer.

And if you would like to donate your time as well, Wejr said a small contribution of your time can make a big difference.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society please call the local office at 250-490-9681 or go to cancer.ca and click Join the Fight.

The annual relay for life in June might seem far off yet, but local organizers have already started the ball rolling on that front as well and set their fundraising target.

Local organizer Chantel Reems said since this is the 10th anniversary of the relay in Penticton, they’ve set a lofty goal.

“It’s a pretty big year, pretty monumental in Penticton. Our committee has decided we are going to try to raise $100,000 in honour of that,” said Reems.

“And if they do, these lovely locks here are going to be shaved off.”

Last year, the relay raised $74,000; Reems said the best year was about six years ago when they topped $86,000.

“It is a bit lofty but towns much smaller than ours, like Cranbrook, take that number and blow it out of the water. They sit at $110,000 annually in Cranbrook. So really, in a town the size of Penticton we should be able to meet this goal,” said Reems.

Relay for Life takes place on June 14 at the Penticton Secondary School track.

It’s a 12-hour relay, running overnight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“Teams are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100, but if we are going to make that $100,000 you might have to go more like $200. But I think we can do it,” said Reems.

 

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