Last call for Daffodil Month cancer fundraising

Tyler Clarke
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Poised to meet their annual average fundraising total of about $70,000, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month is ramping up efforts for its final week.


Daffodils are the flower of April, with the Canadian Cancer Society recognizing its annual Daffodil Month, during which flower sales and other initiatives raise money for the organization’s efforts. 

Or, perhaps its final "weeks," plural, with fundraising efforts extended into the first week of May in order to up their door-to-door quota.

“We’ve been behind on that with many factors, with our office and the weather, so if people are interested in volunteering they can call our office,” Canadian Cancer Society Prince Albert unit manager Charlene Bernard said.

Although they’re a bit behind things on the door-to-door canvassing, Bernard said that everything else has come together nicely.

The annual daffodil tea and bake sale saw about 100 people show up at the Messiah Lutheran Church earlier this month, raising $1,228.35 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The annual pancake breakfast raised another $477, while the sale of about 3,000 daffodil bunches is expected to raise between $20,000 and $30,000. Daffodil pins currently on display at various businesses throughout the city will raise additional dollars.

Although the most publicly visible efforts are either underway or done with, the biggest financial draw is coming up on Wednesday, April 30.

The Annual Spring Dinner and Show will take place at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre and is expected to bring in about $40,000.

This year’s theme is The Great Masquerade -- “People don’t have to dress up, but they’re more than welcome to,” Bernard noted.

Tickets are $45 each, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., a catered dinner beginning at 6:45 p.m. and entertainment beginning at 7:45 p.m.

Vancouver-based singer Jonathan Bruce will be providing entertainment through the evening -- an appearance sponsored by Canadian Tire.

Tickets to this event are available prior to the event at the Canadian Cancer Society office in downtown Prince Albert.

Sales are going well thus far -- a strong community support that Bernard said helps the society throughout the year.

“The month of April will be wrapped up with the spring dinner and show,” she said. “Then, we get right into Relay for Life, which is the signature fundraising event, and many teams are already on their fundraising paths.”

We’ve been behind on that with many factors, with our office and the weather, so if people are interested in volunteering they can call our office. Charlene Bernard, on door-to-door canvassing

The overnight Relay for Life event, which has participants walk the Harry Jerome Track from May 30 to 31, has seen early indication that they’re poised to reach this year’s fundraising goal of $241,000.

“We had 50 teams registered last year and we’re already closing in on 50, so relay’s been busy,” Bernard said. “We’re really excited about that.”

Last year’s event saw the community raise about $225,000.

“It’s a great event, because it’s not just a fundraiser, there’s a big emotional aspect to it as well in showing support for survivors and remembering loved ones past, and the whole overnight thing sort of ties into the journey of a cancer patient -- the trials and tribulations.”

Money raised goes toward helping families, clinical trials and public advocating.

“One of our biggest things is providing support for patients and their families,” Bernard explained.

Between a Saskatchewan Transportation Company medical pass system and the work of Canadian Cancer Society volunteer drivers, patients are taken to appointments free of charge -- a service “a lot of people” take advantage of in the Prince Albert area, Bernard said, adding that financial assistance is also available to cover travel costs related to medical needs.

As for advocating, a big effort of the moment is in combatting the scourge of flavoured tobacco.

“It doesn’t look like you’re carrying around tobacco,” Bernard said, citing its candy-like appearance and taste with hooking kids on tobacco.

To volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society or for more information on donating or on any of the society’s efforts, the Prince Albert office can be contracted at 764-4808. People can also stop by the office in person at 54 11th St. E. 

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society Prince Albert, Prince Albert, Messiah Lutheran Church Canadian Tire Saskatchewan Transportation Company

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