THE CANCER COUNCIL’S DAFFODIL DAY – AUGUST 24th, 2012.
This year started off to be challenging for me, coping with the death of my
mother, who passed away on 15th October 2011 from bowel cancer and
secondary liver cancer. I admit I do have a little cry each day,
but what keeps my spirit alive is having a purpose in life, this year being an
Ambassador for the Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Booking a holiday to New York was the best medicine for me, it was a
temporary escape. The city that never sleeps inspired me with its art and
Broadway shows, so much so that I bought a note book and
couldn’t stop drawing ideas for artworks and wrote a play called, “The Wong
Side of Life.” I wanted one of the characters to have cancer (like my mother) but
also to be a racist, so the theme of the play would be of cancer and racism and
to add light in the story, I’ve included upbeat music, puppets and actors. I then
couldn’t wait to get back to Sydney to finish writing the play. I thought that this
play could be a “charity” play and I could donate a percentage to the Cancer
Council. After I had finished writing my play, I then showed it to The Cancer
Council. They loved the idea so much that asked me to be an Ambassador for
their Daffodil Day 2102. I was so happy that my play would have a purpose and
that I had the opportunity to go out into the schools and talk to school children
about cancer and the importance of looking after yourself, like eating healthy
food, exercising regularly and being sun smart. It was great to visit schools from
different social-economic backgrounds and I loved each and every one. For
example, I loved how La Perouse Public school has a fruit and vegetable garden,
which the children look after and eat from each day.
I was also touched to be part of a special school assembly at Belrose Public
School and I was impressed that Kambala girls’ school has “charity” prefects that
have a committee which chooses the charities the girls are moved by and want
to be part of each year.
So on Friday 24th August, I hope everyone can pay forward the hope for a
cancer free future by buying a bunch of daffodils, or buy a Dougal bear, or
donate – http://www.daffodilday.com.au and support the Cancer Council’s Daffodil
Day. Funds raised will go towards cancer research, prevention and information
and support services. Together we can make this world a better place and
hopefully a cancer free future.