A cancer-free future?

Cancer Council volunteers Helen Bent and Noel Dare with Shellharbour MP Anna Watson at the Woolworths at Shellharbour City. Picture: Eliza Winkler

Cancer Council volunteers Helen Bent and Noel Dare with Shellharbour MP Anna Watson at the Woolworths at Shellharbour City. Picture: Eliza Winkler

VOLUNTEERS from around the region dressed up in their yellow outfits and took to the streets last Friday for the annual Daffodil Day.

The Cancer Council initiative looks to a "cancer-free future" and helps to raise vital funds for cancer research, patient support programs and prevention programs.

This year marks Cancer Council volunteer Noel Dare's sixth year operating the Daffodil stalls in the Shellharbour region.

"I call it daffodil month, because I start at the end of July and finish at the end of August," Mr Dare said.

"I began volunteering with the Melanoma Foundation, because I am a melanoma survivor, and then went on to working with the cancer council. We have raised $69,300 over the last five years."

Mr Dare said work began at 8am and finished 5pm or 6pm, four days a week, but said the "real heroes" were the people who bought the products from the stalls and contributed to the cause.

Cancer Council volunteer Helen Bent said Daffodil Day was also a great opportunity to talk to the community about the 2015 Vision for Change campaign.

Vision for Change aims to consider five opportunities to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer when voting in the March 2015 election.

"We are using today as a way to put the ideas forward to the community," she said.

Ms Bent said the campaign looked to outlive government action on the tobacco reform, increased Aboriginal workforce in cancer services, no chemotherapy co-payments, coordinated cancer care and more palliative care services.

To donate or get involved in Cancer Council initiatives visit daffodilday.com.au

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