Daffodil Day in Australia – Friday 28th August 2009
The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for all touched by cancer and it is the largest national fundraising event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Daffodil Day raises funds for cancer research, education and support. The aim this year is to raise over $9 million AUD to fund the cancer control initiatives, patient support and education services. Over 10,000 volunteers will staff over 1,200 Daffodil Day sites across Australia.
Some statistics on Cancer:
– Cancer remains one of Australia’s biggest health problems. An estimated 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed by the age of 85.
– An estimated 111,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2009.
– Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – more than 42,000 people are expected to die from cancer in 2009.
– More than 60% of cancer patients will survive more than five years after diagnosis.
– The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by more than 30% in the past two decades.
– The most common cancers in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) are prostate, bowel, breast, melanoma and lung cancer.
– Cancer costs $3.8Billion in direct health system costs (7.2%).
What can you do on Daffodil Day? Purchase a Daffodil pin, pen, bear, ball and of course beautiful yellow flowers. My Dad passed away 22 years ago today from bowel cancer, so I intend to fill our home with a beautiful collection of bright, happy, yellow daffodils.
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