April is “pinning” month for the Canadian Cancer Society and Paula McKinlay, community fundraising specialist at the organization’s Sarnia-Lambton Community Office, was on hand at Lambton County Council on Wednesday to receive support from local politicians.
“The daffodil is resilient,” said McKinlay. “It survives our harsh winters and is the first flower to bloom in the spring, a time of renewal and hope. For those living with cancer, the daffodil is a symbol of strength, courage, and life. Together, Canadians rally around this symbol every year in support of world-class research and support services.”
The display of support prior to Lambton County Council’s regular meeting was appreciated, said McKinlay.
“There will be many opportunities for everyone to support the Canadian Cancer Society through the Daffodil pin program all month long,” she added, pointing out that volunteers will be hitting the streets with daffodil pins in a number of locations:
On April 5, 6, 7 and 8:
Sarnia: Coffee Culture, Canadian Tire, Johns Restaurant, LCBO, Metro, Mikes No Frills, Sunripe, Superstore
Petrolia: LCBO & Heidi’s Independent
Brights Grove: Foodland
On April 12, 13,14, and 15:
Sarnia: LCBO, Metro, Valumart, Walmart, Food Basics, Superstore
Corunna: RBC, LCBO, No Frills & Foodland
Forest: LCBO, Post Office, Foodland
Grand Bend: LCBO, Sobeys, No Frills
Volunteer canvassers will be going door-to-door to raise funds for the campaign during the month of April.
Daffodil Month has been a regular campaign of the Canadian Cancer Society for 80 years.
Locally, the “Wheels of Hope” volunteer-provided transportation program helps cancer patients in Ontario who truly have no other way of getting to and from cancer-related care or who can’t afford the costs associated with travelling.
Through a “neighbours helping neighbours” approach, cancer patients rely on the support of the Society volunteers who donate their time and vehicles.