What is Daffodil Day?

by Anonymous Author

The Cancer Society of New Zealand’s Daffodil Day symbolises hope for one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer.

Since 1990, this iconic event has inspired people to come together and support the Cancer Society’s work — as well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand.

Your donations will go towards vital scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as providing a wide range of support services, education and awareness campaigns and programmes for people affected by cancer in your area.

Whether it’s buying daffodils, donating to our street collectors, purchasing our merchandise, or making a donation by text, phone or online — every gift counts.

The Cancer Society says it is grateful for the valuable support received from many organisations, groups and people across New Zealand who donate their time and money as a sign of their commitment to the society’s cause.

“Also to our principal sponsor ANZ for supporting the work we do year after year. For 28 years, ANZ has continually promoted Daffodil Day as an important cancer awareness day around the country and their staff all pull together to fundraise on our behalf too.”

There are many different ways to get involved and show your support.


There are many interesting and exciting ways to be involved in Daffodil Day. Whatever your interests, you are sure to have fun, make a difference for a good cause and meet some new friends.

Volunteers are essential to the success of Daffodil Day. We are looking for people who can act as area coordinators, street collectors, flower packers, drivers, or who can distribute resources or help with administration.

The Cancer Society needs around 8,000 volunteers each year from throughout the country to help ensure Daffodil Day is a success.

Volunteers are a crucial part of making the Cancer Society’s Daffodil 
Day fundraiser a success and bringing hope to the one in three New 
Zealanders affected by cancer.

Events and fundraisers

Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society of New Zealand’s annual flagship appeal held in spring to help fund the Society’s wide range of patient and carer services (provided free of charge), including health promotion and research.

Please join in support of Daffodil Day this year by organising an event in tribute to someone close to you, to celebrate a special occasion or to have fun and engage your networks with fundraising.

Daffodil Day culminates with a street appeal and your support by organising an event or an activity before the end of August that engages your networks with fundraising and promoting our cause is greatly appreciated.

At school

School children from throughout New Zealand have had lots of fun by taking part in Daffodil Day. We can supply your school with resources such as posters, colouring sheets, lapel stickers, donation boxes and fabric daffodils to help you take part in this fun and exciting national event. The Daffodil Day teaching resources are now available to download from daffodilday.org.nz.