New Zealand’s Daffodil Day was established in 1990, and is one of the country’s largest street appeals. Supported by principal sponsor ANZ it gives local businesses the opportunity to give back to the community by raising the awareness of the free services provided by the Cancer Society.
Last year saw around 8000 volunteers take to the streets across New Zealand on Daffodil Day, and 1278 fundraising events held throughout August by local businesses, community groups, schools, and individuals.
Participating in fundraising events has many benefits for businesses and staff, such as:
• contributing to a worthwhile cause, giving a sense of purpose and boosting morale;
• the opportunity to connect and interact with their local community; and
• a way to authentically demonstrate social responsibility and obligations.
As a member of the Tauranga Business Chamber, the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society shares how your business can support its annual appeal.
How can my business support Daffodil Day?
On Daffodil Day your business can work together to support a worthy cause and spend some valuable time team building. Favourite fundraising ideas include morning teas, sausage sizzles, and quiz nights. Throughout the month of August, there’s also the option of having a donation box or a branded product with a donation from sales going to the Cancer Society.
Register your business here to get a personalised fundraising page, along with resources to download, and steps to take for fundraising success.
Fundraising throughout the year
While Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society’s flagship event, fundraising needs to be a year-round effort. There’s the Marathon in a Month in November, The Longest Day golf challenge in December, Relay for Life in March, and Jump for Cancer in May. Other opportunities include volunteering as a business, team, or individual, becoming a sponsor of the Cancer Society, and organising an event.
Sharon Robertson, Partnership Manager for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, says belonging to organisation such as Tauranga Business Chamber ensures the Cancer Society receives ongoing support and connections with the local business community.
Waikato / Bay of Plenty Cancer Society is not directly government funded and relies on support from the community to provide its free services. These services include transport to/from treatment, accommodation at the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge, support groups, access to counselling and massage, and supportive care nurses.