Sailors from HMAS Cerberus are getting into the spirit of Spring by supporting Daffodil Day! The day falls on August 23 and is marked by a drive to raise funds and awareness in support of the Cancer Council.
Australian Defence Force personnel in Victoria have strongly supported the good cause for several years, with the base’s sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen raising funds for the Cancer Council by manning merchandise stalls on Daffodil Day and conducting a uniform-free day.
Daffodils are also planted around the base every year, providing good cheer and reminding personnel of the cause.
Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Katherine Richards, RAN, is an enthusiastic supporter of Daffodil Day and praised the efforts of the volunteers.
“Navy prides itself on lending a hand. Adding our support to Daffodil Day means a lot to the men and women of Cerberus, many of whom have had family and friends battle cancer.”
Seaman Jessica Carr said she was happy to volunteer her assistance for this year’s activity, especially given that she has personal ties to the effects of cancer through the suffering of her family and friends. SMN Carr’s grandmother died of cancer and a friend of her family is currently battling the illness.
“It will be great to give something back, because I have seen all the efforts that people put into help those fighting cancer. I’m proud to be a part of it,” SMN Carr said.
SMN Sean Carruthers’ aunt died from cancer and he values the chance to be a part of the fight for a cancer-free future.
“It will be amazing to help with something that you normally don’t feel like you can make an impact on. We’re making people aware that cancer is still a big issue in society and showing that the Navy cares too,” SMN Carruthers said.
Daffodil Day represents hope for a cancer-free future and raises funds for cancer research, patient support and prevention programs. Statistics show that each day more than 100 Australians die of cancer, making it rare to not have been affected by cancer directly or through someone you know.
The Cancer Council has produced a great selection of merchandise, making it easy to simply donate or purchase an item. The variety of lapel pins, fridge magnets, pens and teddy bears means there is something available for everyone to purchase and proudly show off to demonstrate that they have helped with the fight against cancer.
For more information about The Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day go to http://daffodilday.com.au/.