A host of golden daffodils are making their way across the country as the Cancer Council prepares for one of its biggest fundraisers of the year on Friday, August 25.
Behind the hundreds of thousands of fresh flowers that will be sold on Friday for Daffodil Day is a massive exercise in freight logistics.
Angela Ryan, from Cancer Council Queensland, oversaw the delivery of more than 33,000 daffodils for central Queensland communities this week.
“In Queensland there’ll be 800,000 daffodils sold across the state so the scale is absolutely huge,” Ms Ryan said.
“The logistics to ensure the daffodils arrive on time for all these sites is just amazing, a lot of work’s gone on behind the scenes.
“The daffodils come from a florist in Victoria, so they’ve been sent a long way to be here.
“Unfortunately we can’t grow them here because of our climate, so it’s very special at this time of year when you can see a sea of yellow flowers around.”
Central Queensland’s flowers have been brought up from Victoria on refrigerated trucks, with transport donated by a freight company.
Ms Ryan said the Queensland Cancer Council was is aiming to raise $1.5 million this Friday, including $50,000 in central Queensland.
Across Queensland 2,000 volunteers are staffing Daffodil Day stands, including 25 locations in regional central Queensland communities.
“All our sites are manned by volunteers, we couldn’t do it without them,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said many volunteers will have been touched by cancer, either personally or through a friend or loved one.
“With one in two Queenslanders expected to be diagnosed with cancer by 85, you’re hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way,” Ms Ryan said.
The funds raised on Daffodil Day go towards the Cancer Council’s work in research, prevention, and support services.
“We don’t want anybody to go through a cancer journey alone, and we know we can beat cancer.”
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Story Source: ABC News