DAFFODILS in bloom can only mean one thing - Daffodil Day is here.
Cancer Council SA Naracoorte Branch's Chris Gale and her team of volunteers are all geared up for another Daffodil Day today.
Mrs Gale, who has volunteered with Cancer Council SA for 10 years, said Daffodil Day played an important part in brightening the lives of South Australians affected by cancer.
"I think there's such a need for improving cancer research," Mrs Gale said.
"Daffodil Day is not only an opportunity to raise money to do that; it's also an opportunity to give people hope."
This Daffodil Day, volunteers from Cancer Council SA's Naracoorte Branch will "paint the town yellow" to give hope to the many lives affected by cancer.
Stands will be set up at the Naracoorte Town Hall, Smith St, on Friday, August 23, from 9am to 11.30am.
Mrs Gale is encouraging locals to embrace Daffodil Day by picking up a Cancer Council pin and wearing it proudly.
Every pin sold and every donation made goes towards creating breakthroughs that give people with cancer more time to spend with their families, and the hope they urgently need, Mrs Gale said.
Funds will also help to support Cancer Council's cancer prevention programs to help people reduce their own cancer risk, and vital cancer research within SA.
Cancer Council ambassador Josh Bond, who is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, is also looking forward to this year's event.
Josh was 21 years old and on a basketball scholarship to the US when he was diagnosed last year.
By the time the cancer was picked up, it had spread to his spine, liver and brain.
"No matter how old you are and how fit you are, cancer can hit," Josh, who is in his fifth round of chemotherapy, said.
"Cancer Council's Daffodil Day is a chance for all of us to come together to make a difference."
Cancer Council SA chief executive Professor Brenda Wilson said in the past two decades, the survival rate for many common cancers had increased by 30 per cent.
She said local support was needed to ensure Cancer Council could continue creating vital breakthroughs in the fight against cancer.
"We want everyone to know they don't have to face cancer alone, and we won't give up until all forms of cancer are defeated," she said.
"That is why we are asking everyone who cares about beating cancer to wear a daffodil pin on Daffodil Day."
You can show you care about beating cancer by making a donation at www.daffodilday.com.au or by picking up a Cancer Council pin and wearing it proudly on Daffodil Day today.
Look out for over 750 Cancer Council SA volunteers at more than 100 Daffodil Day stalls across the State.
Show your support for our passionate cancer champions out there on Cancer Council Daffodil Day sites, "rain, hail or shine", who are committed to the defeat of cancer.
You can also donate by visiting daffodilday.com.au or phone 1300 65 65.