CANCER Council Tasmania has celebrated the success of Daffodil Day 2020, with more than $75,000 donated by Tasmanians despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cancer Council Tasmania chief executive officer Penny Egan said the total was boosted by a final donation of $10,000 by RACT Insurance.
“RACT Insurance put out the challenge in August on its social media that it would match donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000 – they raised $4,725.74,” she said.
“RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers and his team decided to donate the entire amount.”
Mrs Egan said RACT had been long-term supporters of Cancer Council Tasmania and its staff were deeply moved by stories of cancer survivors during the 2019 Relay For Life.
“All across Tasmania, at Daffodil Day stalls in shopping centres and malls, Tasmanians once again have backed Cancer Council Tasmania,” she said.
“We are seeing their support, despite the pandemic, at events like the Unite in Yellow Lunch and Unite in Yellow Gala Dinner on the North-West Coast – both sold out.
“People know that all funds raised in Tasmania stay in Tasmania.
“The funds go to help the more than nine Tasmanians diagnosed with cancer daily.
“The funds go to our prevention, support and research programs – to help Tasmanians living with cancer, their families and friends.”
The Unite in Yellow Gala Auction website also opened, enabling sports fanatics across Tasmania to take advantage of some rare offerings and support Cancer Council Tasmania.
“All funds raised in Tasmania stay in Tasmania – for our research, prevention and support programs statewide,” Mrs Egan said.
“Anyone can bid for the auction items, you don’t have to attend the event.
“We have received a trove of memorabilia from an anonymous North-West Coast donor.”
The Auction Website will remain open until the evening of the event on 24 October when final bids will be received.
For more information or a list of donations, visit www.cancertasbids.com.au.