Fresh daffodil sales to be delayed

Nathan Liewicki
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Daffodils may look weak and insignificant, but don’t tell that to the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), especially in April.

Meagan Rocheleau of the Canadian Cancer Society's Moose branch poses beside boxes of daffodil pins at her office Monday. April is Daffodil Month across the country and one of the ways funds will be raised for the CCS is through the sale of daffodil pins, as well as fresh daffodils themselves.

Regarded as a symbol of strength and courage, daffodils represent the resolve of people who will fight against cancer – and win.

April is Daffodil Month and Meagan Rocheleau, an office assistant with the Moose Jaw CCS branch, is excited for the big campaign to launch.

“We have about 70 volunteers already, but we only had about 60 or so last year,” said Rocheleau. “So that’s a good sign.”

They are, however, always looking for more volunteers to collect donations for the CCS through the sale of daffodils, daffodil pins and courtesy door-to-door canvasing.

Although daffodil pins will be available at the end of March and throughout April, there will be a delay in the arrival of the daffodils. This has prompted the local campaign to be pushed back a couple of weeks.

“Fresh daffodils started as a tradition back in the 1960s,” said Rocheleau. “The flowers themselves represent hope and it’s nice to have fresh daffodils early in the spring.”

The pre-purchased daffodils are expected to arrive April 7. They will be handed out to businesses and be on sale from April 9–12.

The final aspect of Daffodil Month in Moose Jaw will feature door-to-door canvassing by volunteers. It will take place from April 28 through May 2.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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