HE started off by donating 20 to 30 bunches of Daffodils to local volunteer groups in aid of the Cancer Council, but 28 years later, local Florist, Sam Renato is now donating 900 bunches of Daffodils for the cause.
Helping to raise $11,600 last year, this year’s event on Friday, August 22 will run under the theme ‘Show you Care’ with volunteers manning nine sites across the city to help raise funds for cancer research.
Sam said, “It’s amazing how much of an increase there has been in the demand for daffodils on Daffodil Day. We donate 100 percent of the funds taken through those purchases to the Cancer Council.
“We are always looking for volunteers to help and we are very grateful to the community for their continued support.”
Shepparton Volunteer Group Treasurer and Volunteer, Vic Earl said, “Almost everybody in the community has been touched by cancer at one point or another and that’s why I think we did so well with our fundraising last year. In fact, last year was the best year we have had to date.
“We will have 30 plus volunteers working on Daffodil Day manning the sites and walking the streets selling daffodils and merchandise, but we can always use more hands.”
Daffodil Day sites will run from Fairleys SUPA IGA, GV Health, Sam Renato’s Florist, City Walk, SPC Ardmona Factory Sales, Shepparton Marketplace, Riverside Plaza and Mooroopna Woolworths.
For further information, visit www.cancervic.org.au or phone the Cancer Council hotline on 13 11 20.