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    HOPE DESPITE DISBANDMENT: From left, June Jelly, Beryl Lampard, Elaine Shearwood, Fay Burge, Lance Duffield and Dawn Hobbs are the last members of Cancer Council Victoria Horsham unit, a volunteer group which has officially disbanded because of age and lack of members. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Cancer council still selling daffodils

By Lotte Reiter

Members of an almost 40-year-old fundraising group have refused to hang up their philanthropic boots in the face of disbandment.

Cancer Council Victoria Horsham unit officially wound up at its last meeting, but Wimmera residents will still find dedicated members selling flower bunches at Horsham Plaza on August 23 for Daffodil Day.

The volunteer group, formed 38 years ago in 1981, has for many years called on the generosity of others to donate daffodils, which the group sells to raise money for Cancer Council.

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And this year, though members have left the banner of ‘Cancer Council Victoria Horsham unit’ behind, it will be the same.

Long-serving member Dawn Hobbs said members did not want to disband, but unfortunately had to make the decision, based on their ages and having too few members.

She said members would continue to support Cancer Council’s campaign towards a cancer-free future.

“It is with regret that I have to make the announcement that we have disbanded and have had our wind-up closure meeting,” she said.

“It got down to the stage where we didn’t have enough members. 

“But we’re still asking people to donate daffodils for us as usual. We’ll do what we can for Cancer Council still.”

Mrs Hobbs said she was one of six remaining members of the group, alongside Beryl Lampard, Elaine Shearwood, Fay Burge, June Jelly and Lance Duffield. 

The last founding member, Frank Schneider, recently died.

Mrs Hobbs thanked past and present members who had supported the group and each event.

“Without you we would not have been able to send the thousands of dollars that have been sent for research from our group,” she said.

“Any donations for research can now be sent directly to head-quarters in Melbourne through the ANZ Bank Horsham Branch.”

People will be able to buy daffodil bunches for $5 each from 9am until sold out at Horsham Plaza.

Mrs Hobbs said people could drop off bunches to one of the members on August 23.

People can also visit for more information or to make a donation.

The entire August 14, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!