Colourful cause raises money

DAFFODIL Day came to Leeton last Friday with bursts of yellow brightening up what was a cold and cloudy day.

Daffodil Day is held each year across the country as a fund-raiser for the Cancer Council.

A street stall was held in Pine Avenue throughout the day on Friday, with the sale of sweets and treats, merchandise and fresh daffodils contributing to the fund-raising tally.

Daffodil Day co-ordinator Meryl Parker said this year the Leeton community had shown its generosity.

"We ordered five boxes of the fresh flowers this year because they were so popular last year and they've been moving all morning," she said.

"We've got Mr Magic here performing too, so he's been bringing in a crowd.

"This year in particular the Leeton community has been generous, so I'd like to thank everyone."

Daffodil Day is the largest national fund-raising event of its kind in the southern hemisphere and raises money for cancer research, prevention and support services.

The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for those touched by cancer and this year the day will aim to raise more than $9.2 million to fund initiatives and patient support.

Students from Leeton High School and St Francis College also helped out on the day.

"The students are happy to help and seem to know what it's all about," Mrs Parker said.

"Although the money doesn't stay locally it does help with research and that is just so important."

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