Locals plant hope
ONE in two Australians will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the age of 85.
Daffodil Day is next Friday, August 23 and the Northern Rivers community have been working hard to put on events to raise money and awareness to change this statistic in the future.
On Wednesday, Lismore Square held the official launch of Northern Rivers Daffodil Day.
The event celebrated cancer survivors and honoured those who have lost their battle with cancer.
The square also used the event to launch the Field of Hope community project created in collaboration with Cancer Council NSW.
Members of the community can participate in the project by writing a message of hope on a paper daffodil to be placed in the Lismore Square garden.
Lismore Square marketing manager Melissa Carrero encouraged shoppers to participate in the Field of Hope which will run until August 22.
"We will be putting the daffodils in the garden each day to spell the words 'grow hope'," Ms Carrero said.
"It's a great way for the community to contribute to raising awareness of Daffodil Day and it's great to see the garden changing day by day as we add more flowers."
Lismore City Mayor Jenny Dowell expressed her support for Daffodil Day events around the region.
"Daffodils are an international symbol of hope," Cr Dowell said.
"They are a reminder of the cancer-free world we would ultimately like to have one day."
The Cancer Council and Lismore and Villages and Relay for Life will also be hosting a lunch in the country fundraising event on Saturday, August 24.
There will be a selection of soups, scones, cakes, live music and raffles on the day.
It will be held between noon-3pm at 327 Tregeagle Rd, Tregeagle.
Tickets can be bought from Shartan Hair Studio, by phoning Don Campbell on 0412 458 826 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cancer Council aims to raise $8.25 million nationally this year to continue cancer research, prevention programs and support services such as the Cancer Council helpline.
Northern Rivers residents can get involved by buying Cancer Council fundraising merchandise from retailers around the region.