Pens, pins and dinner suit Dougal Bears celebrate 30 years

The countdown is on to the 30th year of Daffodil Day, Cancer Council’s annual signature fundraising event, and Queenslanders are being urged to order limited edition merchandise now.

Cancer Council Queensland will celebrate the iconic fundraiser during the entire month of August, with the official Daffodil Day anniversary date falling on Friday August 26.

Pens, daffodil pins and a limited edition dinner suit Dougal Bear are available for online order for fundraisers, or for individuals to purchase online at

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said all proceeds of the sale of Daffodil Day merchandise supported vital work in cancer control statewide.

“Daffodil Day raises funds for all Queenslanders, all cancers. All funds are invested into vital cancer research, patient support services and prevention programs statewide,” Ms Clift said.

“We’re urging Queenslanders to place their orders for merchandise boxes online now – you can sell merchandise to raise funds at school, work, university or a personal fundraising event.

“You can also get prepared and buy merchandise online ahead of the official day to show your support for all Queenslanders affected by cancer.

“One in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime – it’s never been easier to make a difference to those affected, than by buying a pen, pin or iconic Dougal Bear.

“Get prepared and buy a pin to wear on August 26, for someone you know who has been touched by cancer.”

More than 1600 volunteers are expected to staff more than 230 volunteer sites across Queensland during the week of Daffodil Day, selling more than 800,000 fresh daffodils.

Queenslanders can also text to donate to the cause for the first time in 2016, and dedicate a daffodil in support of those affected.

“All Australians need to do is text HOPE to 1999 8877 and a $5/sms* donation will automatically be incorporated into their mobile bill,” Ms Clift said.

“A follow-up text message will enable Australians to personalise and share a daffodil dedication. Daffodil dedications will also be available via Facebook and on the Daffodil Day website.

“If you think one in two people diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime is one in two too many, get involved by showing you care this Daffodil Day.”

The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for everyone affected by cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1.5 million during August and on Daffodil Day this year.

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For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift,
Executive Manager,
Media and Spokesperson,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5372
Mobile: 0409 001 171