Harman sailors sell daffodils to help conquer cancer

Published on LEUT Kiz Burtenshaw (author), SGT William Guthrie (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Mrs Mae Smith with the fund raising Cancer Council Daffodil's she has just bought from HMAS Harman personnel. (photo: SGT William Guthrie)
Mrs Mae Smith with the fund raising Cancer Council Daffodil's she has just bought from HMAS Harman personnel.

In August, personnel from HMAS Harman volunteered their time to sell daffodils during one of the Cancer Council’s most important fundraising events - Daffodil Day. Sold through July and August, the Cancer Council daffodil represents hope for a cancer–free future.
 
All proceeds that were raised through daffodil sales will contribute to cancer research, and will help to fund patient support and prevention programs for Australians with the disease.
 
Julieanne Batten, Fundraising Coordinator at Cancer Council ACT, expressed the significance of Harman's fundraising efforts.
 
“Volunteers are an integral part of Daffodil Day - without their generous support we would be unable to raise the funds needed to conduct our programs,”  Ms Batten said.
 
Approximately 350 Australians are told every day that they have a life-threatening cancer. Due to research and improved detection and treatment options, the survival rate for many of the common cancers has increased by 30% in the last 20 years, but there is still a long way to go.

Petty Officer Jeff Kerr pins on a fund raising Cancer Council Daffodil to Mrs Ines Tyson.

Petty Officer Jeff Kerr pins on a fund raising Cancer Council Daffodil to Mrs Ines Tyson.


Petty Officer Jeff Kerr said the group of Harman volunteers was positive about  the goals of the Cancer Council and more than willing to lend a hand.
 
“I think all of us have been exposed to cancer in some shape or form, but with time, effort and financial backing, I’m sure that survival rates will continue to increase. By selling Daffodils today, we are hopefully helping to provide the funds to make this happen,” he said.
 
All proceeds from the sale of Daffodil merchandise will go to the Cancer Council.

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