© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Pam Burt wraps up a packet of daffodils on Saturday during the Daffodil Tea and Bake Sale at Messiah Lutheran Church.
Daffodils are popping up all over Prince Albert this month, but not out of gardens.
April is Daffodil Month -- a national effort of the Canadian Cancer Society for the past 50 years with strong roots in Prince Albert.
âThe communityâs very supportive,â local representative Charlene Bernard said, adding that she has people asking her every year, âWhen are those daffodils coming?â
The month-long fundraiser began on Saturday with the Daffodil Tea and Bake Sale at Messiah Lutheran Church, at which time organizers were still busily planning the subsequent three weeks of fundraising efforts.
âWeâre wrapping daffodils on Monday and then weâll be delivering on Tuesday for all of the businesses across town that have pre-ordered,â Bernard said.
Volunteers will fill the Union Centre in downtown Prince Albert beginning at 9 a.m., where they will package up a truckload of between 4,000 and 5,000 daffodil bunches, of which there are 10 flowers per bunch.
Those who didnât pre-order daffodils through their place of employment can find fresh daffodils for sale throughout the city all month, Bernard said, adding that there are plenty of additional ways that people can help the society.
Volunteers will also be canvassing the city door-to-door throughout the month, and daffodil pins will be available at businesses throughout the city.
All money raised stays in Saskatchewan, Bernard said, noting that in 2012 (the last year she had available), the society provided $32,000 in financial support for Prince Albert cancer patients going to treatment.
The society sends patients to Saskatoon via the Saskatchewan Transportation Company, with volunteers driving people from the bus depot to their appointment.
âWe have a lot of people in the Prince Albert area who take part in that,â Bernard said.
A pancake breakfast is taking place on Tuesday morning at the Prince Albert Travelodge from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at a cost of $4 per person.
People can just show up, Bernard said, noting that itâs a first-come first-served event.
The month will cap off with the Annual Spring Dinner and Show on Wednesday, April 30, at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre.
âThe theme is âThe Great Masquerade,ââ Bernard said -- âA great, fun theme. People donât have to dress up, but the atmosphere is going to be that mascaraed theme.â
Tickets are $45 each, with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m., dinner beginning at 6:45 p.m. and entertainment starting at 7:45 p.m.
The spring dinner and show requires pre-registering, with those interested in attending encouraged to call the Prince Albert unit of the Canadian Cancer Society at 306-764-4808.