Cancer Society active this month

April is Cancer Awareness Month - and there's lots going on in this community

Beta Sigma Phi members Jean Porter and Margie Healey distribute spring daffodil pins in return for a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society outside the Qualicum Beach farmers market on Saturday.

April is cancer awareness month and canvassers are out in force raising awareness through the annual daffodil campaign.

Through the Parksville Qualicum Beach Canadian Cancer Society, volunteers are at key retail locations and going door to door asking everyone to wear a daffodil in support of people living with cancer.

Hugh Baker, coordinator of the local campaign, said they are now in full swing. Volunteers are out in neighbourhoods across District 69 and at Thrifty Foods, Save-On-Foods, Quality Foods and government liquor stores selling daffodil pins.

He said they have more people out than last year, but could always use more volunteers.

All proceeds will be used for cancer prevention, education, research and support.

The local branch of the society connects cancer patients in need with financial support, has support groups, an extensive library and many other services.

The public is also invited to an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 24 to celebrate 10 years at 172 2nd Ave. West in Qualicum Beach.

For more information, to volunteer or to find out about support groups call 250-752-3222. There is also a national support line at 1-888-939-3333 or online at


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