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Daffodil Day is a day dedicated to raising funds for the Cancer Council and their support of research into beating a disease that takes 30% of lives in Australia each year. Chances are you’ve been affected by cancer, either yourself or someone close to you. It’s estimated that 128,000 cases will be diagnosed this year. However, the survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30% over the last 20 years, and more than 60% of cancer fighters will survive more than five years after diagnosis. Daffodil Day is partly responsible for these improving figures.

On the fourth Friday in August, you can show your support – and help raise money for cancer awareness and research – by purchasing Daffodil Day merchandise, such as a pen, pin or even a fresh daffodil flower. The daffodil was chosen as, each year, it emerges from the frozen winter ground and blooms into a spectacular flash of yellow, heralding new life and vitality. The Cancer Council feels this epitomises a hope for a cancer-free future. And with their investment of $50 million each year into cancer research, the council works hard to see this dream become a reality by helping fund research, patient support and prevention programs.

You can sell merchandise or hold your own fundraising event – schools or offices can hold a “Wear Yellow” day, with gold coin donations being collected, or simply make a purchase of a Daffodil Day item at your local supermarket or store. If you’d like to donate your time, the Cancer Council is always looking for volunteers to help out. Large businesses can become corporate partners and invest in a brighter future for the 350 people who, each day, are told they have a life-threatening cancer.

If you’re worried about your health – perhaps you have an unusual lump or a nagging cough – then it’s best to make an appointment with a GP to allay any concerns. At 1stAvailable we help you book an appointment at a time that suits you, from the comfort and privacy of your own home. It’s a free service, and it’s available all hours of the day and night. Don’t lie awake worrying about what might not be – book your appointment online now and put yourself first with 1stAvailable.

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