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30 Years of Daffodil Day

In 2020, we’re celebrating 30 years of New Zealanders coming together for Daffodil Day – and celebrating the many volunteers and supporters who work tirelessly year after year to make our work possible. Thank you.

The Cancer Society of New Zealand's Daffodil Day symbolises hope for every New Zealander affected by cancer. 

Since 1990, this iconic event has inspired people like you to come together in the fight against cancer to raise awareness and to support the Cancer Society's work.  

Daffodils are a sign of hope and new life. They come with warmer days and longer daylight hours. For many people, they are a sign that they have survived. For others, they represent a symbol of hope and remembrance.


"Having cancer is not a death sentence, it is a life sentence of vigilance and a reminder to stay healthy and enjoy every day. Early intervention can save lives - it saved mine!" – Dame Winnie Laban

Daffodil Day is our most important annual fundraiser, made possible by supporters and volunteers like you. Whether it's buying daffodils, donating to our street collectors, donating your time, purchasing our merchandise, or making a donation – every gift you give makes a difference.

We are so grateful for the valuable support received from many individuals, community groups and organisations across NZ who donate their time and money as a sign of their commitment to fighting cancer – thank you. Here are just some of the wonderful volunteers who have given their time over the years – we hope to see you in a photo in future! 

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Ted Hocky and Stephanie Skeggs, Nelson, 1994 

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Nelson, 1993 - let us know if you recognise any of these lovely ladies!

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Daffodil Day in Nelson, 1995

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National Bank (now ANZ), Nelson Mall, 1997 - the branch still holds its fundraising raffles to this day!

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Mary Stokes and Pat and Rowley Taylor at their properties in Wakefield in 1997. Mary and Pat still grow daffodils for us, see below. Volunteers collect them each year on the Monday before Daffodil Day 

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Here are volunteers picking Daffodils at the Wakefield farm last year! 

Kevin of Upper Hutt Rotary with grandson Xander, Daffodil Day 2018

Hilary, Reuben, and Felicity with a volunteer in Marlborough in 2019

Join us and volunteer this Daffodil Day!

The next Daffodil Day Street Appeal is on 28 and 29 of August. Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, we’re currently planning for what Daffodil Day will look like at any level. You can join us as a volunteer and enjoy the sense of reward that comes from helping others. Please contact us at