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Charity needs helping hands

The Cancer Society needs help with its annual Daffodil Day fundraiser in the Bay of Plenty

The prolific growth of the western Bay of Plenty is causing some logistical problems for the Cancer Society.

It needs volunteers in the Western Bay to help with its annual fundraising event as the charity tackles the increasing demands presented by the region’s growth.

Daffodil Day is on Friday, August 30 and is one of the largest street collections in New Zealand. Money raised stays in the region to provide support services to people affected by cancer, deliver health promotion programmes and fund research.

To deliver the event, the charity relies on the support of a team of dedicated volunteers to manage key areas around the region.

 “Tauranga and the wider region has grown so much in recent years that this year we have had to split some of our traditional areas up into smaller ‘bite-sized’ zones so they’re easier to manage,” says Tauranga-based fundraising coordinator Karen Gemmell.

“The challenge is, we now require more volunteers to coordinate fundraising efforts in new zones and fill vacancies in others.” The Cancer Society is recruiting three new area coordinators for Mount Maunganui, Bayfair and Katikati plus volunteers to coordinate busy retail street collection sites, such as The Crossing in Tauriko.

 "Our volunteers may be newly retired, looking to gain work experience, wanting to do something positive in their community or they might have experienced cancer in their own lives and now wish to give back.”

Karen says the roles involve about 20-40 hours over the next three months to help promote Daffodil Day in the local community and manage street collections and donation boxes. Volunteers will receive full training and support.

 For more information contact KarenGemmell@cancersociety.org.nz

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