The Canadian Cancer Society is celebrating their 60th year of Daffodil Month this April to raise money and awareness for cancer research, making it one of the longest running Canadian fundraising traditions. Each year, it moves thousands of volunteers across the country to go door-to-door and stand at local businesses to sell freshly cut daffodils and lapel pins for cancer awareness. In light of the anniversary, here are some fun facts about Daffodil Month:
Why the daffodil? In the 1950’s afternoon teas were held by the Canadian Cancer Society volunteers to raise money for research. At one particular event, volunteers decided to decorate tables with bright yellow daffodils to promote a cheery mood. From here, the teas became known as daffodil teas and in 2000, the Canadian Cancer Society officially adopted the daffodil as its symbol and logo.
Where do daffodils come from? Daffodils are generally brought in from various cities in British Columbia where the growing season starts earlier than other provinces.
Where does the money go? Since 1957, donors have given the Canadian Cancer Society about $1.4 billion to fund critical initiatives in cancer research, education and advocacy.