Many of us have known someone who has been affected by cancer. Sadly, about 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women are diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
Daffodil Day provides an opportunity to show solidarity with cancer patients through supporting the fundraising efforts of the Cancer Council. Daffodil Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Friday in August, and raises essential funds for cancer research, prevention and support services for patients and their families.
The Cancer Council chose the daffodil as the symbol of hope for people affected by cancer because of its reputation as a hardy annual flower, pushing its way through the frozen earth after a long winter to herald the return of spring, new life, vitality and growth. As one of the first flowers of spring, the daffodil symbolises rebirth and new beginnings and hope for a cancer-free future.
You can also find out more information about cancer and other health-related issues by visiting ACU’s health resource library RealTime Health. In addition, access to professional counseling services is available for ACU staff and their families. For more information visit the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) web page.