Thousands of daffodils ruined before annual fundraising campaign


For decades, the daffodil has symbolized strength and courage for many Nova Scotians, and Canadians, who are fighting cancer.Since the 1950’s, the Canadian Cancer Society has delivered daffodils to communities across our region every April to mark daffodil month and raise money for operations.But this year, that won’t be happening. Story continues below

“Regrettably, when the Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia Division’s fresh-cut Daffodils arrived this weekend we discovered they had been irreplaceably damaged in transportation,” Barbara Stead-Coyle, National Vice President, Canadian Cancer Society, said in a release.The Canadian Cancer Society says half of their flowers for the campaign were already purchased through pre-sales. They were hoping to salvage some of the daffodils, but all 33,000 bouquets were ruined.The daffodil campaign raises more than $300,000 annually for the Canadian Cancer Society.The money goes towards supporting cancer research and funding programs like Camp Goodtime, a summer camp that helps children battling cancer forget their illness and just be kids.Despite the daffodils not being available for purchase in Nova Scotia this year, the organization is hoping people will continue to support daffodil month by purchasing a pin or making a donation in honour of a loved one.

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