Schools across Otago and Southland turned yellow in celebration of Daffodil Day last month. Over 60 schools, kindergartens and child care centres took part in raising money for the Cancer Society by holding a coin trail, a mufti day or selling daffodil badges. Bayfield High School got their creative juices flowing by painting art and selling it at a local Dunedin Café. Elston Lea Kindergarten made Daffodil Day hats and wore daffodil face paint as a way to raise awareness of sun safety and remember a former Head Teacher who had passed away from cancer.
Elston Lea Kindergarten students showing of their Daffodil Day hats
A special mention also goes to the high school students who initiated fundraising in their schools like Mount Aspiring’s Meg Thomas who managed to raise a whopping $1,148! CEO of Otago Southland Cancer Society, Rachael Hart said “Cancer affects people of all ages and walks of life. It is exciting to see the energy of young people like Meg, and their passion for supporting people with cancer in their communities.”
The winner of the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day draw was Southland’s Otatara Kindergarten who will receive a media package from The Otago Daily Times and Media Works to promote their kindergarten. Congratulations Otatara!
All the money raised from Daffodil Day goes towards providing supportive care services for those diagnosed with cancer, delivering health promotion programmes that aim to reduce the incidence of cancer for future generations and to fund research into cancer and cancer risk. Thank you to all schools in the area that supported the Cancer Society this year. Below are some images from the day.
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Arrowtown Primary School
Elston Lea Kindergarten, Invercargill
Verdon College, Invercargill
Waitaki Boys High
The Terrace School, Alexandra
St Joseph's School, Balclutha
East Gore School
Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka
Edna McCulloch Kindergarten, North Otago
Bayfield High School, Dunedin
Columba College, Dunedin