Why you should grow hope this month

Watch out Queensland, because volunteers will be armed with thousands of fresh flowers and daffodil pins this week – and they’ll be encouraging you to buy them.

But it’s okay, it’s all for a fabulous cause. And there’s even time to join in for a bloomin’ good time.

Cancer Council Queensland is celebrating 31 years of Daffodil Day during August, with the official day falling on Friday, August 25.

More volunteers are needed at various sites across Queensland, so if you’ve ever wanted to give volunteering a go, but never made the commitment, this is your chance to make a big difference.

Volunteering not only benefits your community, but is a chance to make new friends and create professional networks, gain work experience, and have fun.

Whether you can volunteer all day, or just a few hours, every bit will help continue the success of Daffodil Day.

To make the whole experience less daunting, we can even share what a typical day of volunteering would look like.

Dress yellow. Get some boss yellow threads and your best selfie smile. Set the social media trend with a yellow hat and feather boa. If you don’t have costume attire, just wear what you feel comfortable in. We do recommend you bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and wet-weather gear (just in case).

Meet your team. Rain or shine, arrive at the stall at your chosen timeslot and meet your fellow volunteers for the day. Each stall will have a Volunteer Leader, who will be happy to help with any questions on the day.

Smile. During your shift you’ll be selling merchandise and fresh daffodils and collecting donations. Remember to smile and make eye contact! Don’t forget to take photos and share them with us on social media using #daffodilday and #cancercouncilqld.

Who are you volunteering for? We all know someone affected by cancer. So whoever you do it for, let them be your inspiration whilst your making a difference this Daffodil Day. We’re all in this together! Come back next year. Most of our volunteers are familiar faces who come back year after year because of the difference they know they’re making. If you have fun, we’d love for you to join us again next year!Not so scary, right? So, get ready to help us turn Queensland yellow!

You’ll be in good company. This year more than 2500 volunteers are expected to staff more than 280 volunteer sites across the state during the week of Daffodil Day, selling more than 800,000 fresh daffodils.

To volunteer for Daffodil Day, or find out more, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via cancerqld.org.au.