Health and Community Services
April 8, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services:

Minister Haggie Acknowledges the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Campaign

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House to acknowledge Cancer Awareness Month and the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Campaign.

Daffodils are resilient. They survive harsh winters and are among the first flowers to bloom in spring. Daffodils are symbols of strength, courage and life. For the Canadian Cancer Society they are also a symbol of hope for those affected by cancer. Their annual fundraising campaign which carries throughout the month of April, gives us all an opportunity to make a difference.

Since the 1950s, the overall cancer survival rate has increased from 35 per cent to over 60 per cent, thanks in part to research funded by flower sales.

By purchasing fresh daffodils or daffodil pins, we are helping fund vital research, prevention programs and support services, so no one has to face cancer alone.

On Wednesday, April 10, Confederation Building will be lit yellow in recognition of Cancer Awareness Month and the Daffodil Campaign.

We have all been touched by cancer in one way or another, and I encourage all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to support this important cause.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

2019 04 08                              1:55 p.m.