Langara staff sells daffodils to raise money for cancer

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Show your support this April for people living with cancer. Photo Credit: Canadian Cancer Society
Show your support this April for people living with cancer.
Photo: Canadian Cancer Society

Daffodil Month, a time dedicated to raising money for cancer research and promoting cancer awareness, is approaching in April.

For this year, the Canadian Cancer Society’s event features a personal touch from a Langara staff member, who will be raising money by selling flowers.

Supporting the fight

Cathy Nishikawa, a data entry clerk working in the financial services department, has been involved in supporting the fight against cancer for a number of years by raising money amongst staff for the Canadian Cancer Society.

“It’s just a personal thing, it’s not an actual event that Langara hosts, but Langara benefits,” she said.

Nishikawa’s story

Nishikawa’s annual sale began when an employee of UBC had a surplus of the flowers six years ago and passed on the remainder to staff at Langara. Nishikawa picked them up.

Six years later, it’s still going strong. Nishikawa orders 50 flowers every Daffodil Month taking a stock donation of five dollars and giving the revenue to the society.

Last year Nishikawa had several blossoms left over, but this year she has sold the lot.

“I don’t make any money, but the cancer society always gets their $250,” added Nishikawa.

Daffodil Day

Within the month of April, the Canadian Cancer Society has a Daffodil Day, a day made by the society to promote the organization’s message with the group’s logo, the daffodil. The society sells replicas of the flower to wear and show support in raising awareness for the disease. This year, Daffodil Day is on April 27.

Donations received by the society are used in different ways, including funding support groups, running camps for children with cancer and easing the burden of combating the disease, according to the society’s website.

Efforts to make her and staff members’ private contributions into a more publicly promoted event have not worked out, according to Nishikawa, who tried to co-ordinate an effort with Langara’s volunteer society, VOLT.

“It’s really hard to [arrange a larger event], it has to be all scheduled out, and I guess the timing of it is hard,” said Nishikawa. April has additional problems with students writing exams and classes ending, she added.

Reported by Niall Shannon

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