Maia's mission to honour her grandad

Ten year old Maia from The Terrace School in Alexandra lost her Grandad, Alan, in 2015 to cancer. Maia remembers visiting her grandad at the Daffodil House with her family several times when he was sick.

Although Maia says there are too many favourite memories with her Grandad, she says “some of them are; going boating with him, swimming on the Great Barrier Reef with him, doing firewood and helping him restore the sheep trailer.”

The Cancer Society Otago and Southland supported Alan by providing accommodation at Daffodil House, often at short notice, when rooms were available, and allowed Alan's support person access to stay and visit over the weekends to be close to Dunedin Hospital.

That is why this year, Maia has decided to organise a fundraiser on Daffodil Day 31st August. “I wrote a letter to my Principal asking if I could run a sausage sizzle at my school and we asked New World and The Tarbert Street Four Square for some help.”

New World are donating about 100 sausages and the Four Square are donating bread, sauce, serviettes and anything else they need.

The Terrace School Principal, Sarah Graham agrees that this is a fabulous idea and says The Terrace School has been very supportive "Sadly many of us have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Supporting the Cancer Society is a great way for us to teach the students about the amazing work the Cancer Society does but also about empathy and caring for others." Ms Graham said.

Maia’s mum Anna is also very proud that Maia wanted to take action and says “people have been supportive of Maia's idea, from the Principal, to the local businesses and Maia's friends and their parents."

Anna describes the Daffodil House as a much needed facility and service that provides a home away from home, at a time when there are many other stresses. “Being so close to the Hospital with parking available was much appreciated” Anna says. 

Last year, the Cancer Society welcomed guests for 2,132 nights at Daffodil House and assisted 1,323 clients and their families/whānau.

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The Terrace School last year

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Maia with her favourite photos of her Grandad