Today is Daffodil Day! While street collection has been cancelled this year, you can still donate to this very worthy cause. This is the second year in a row the street collection and in-person fundraising activities have been cancelled due to a lockdown. The street appeal normally brings in up to $1 million.
Remember: cancer doesn’t stop just because we are in lockdown so please donate if you can.
Three of New Zealand’s leading technology entrepreneurs and investors, along with ANZ, have committed to matching every $1 donated with an extra $2, in the hope of raising $1.5 million for the Cancer Society.
“The Cancer Society is the only organisation that funds research into all types of cancers, and provides support to anyone affected by cancer, including families and friends, no matter what age you are or the type of cancer someone might have,” says ANZ NZ CEO Antonia Watson.
“The donors we’re working with told me they were moved to donate because like one in three New Zealanders they have been directly impacted by cancer and value the work that the Cancer Society does. Cancer impacts the lives of almost all New Zealanders and we want to do all we can to help raise money for this vital cause.”
Advice for those going through cancer treatment during lockdown
If you’re currently going through cancer treatment, Level 4 can be especially difficult. The good news, according to The Cancer Society’s Medical Director Dr Chris Jackson, is that while cancer services may look a bit different during Level 4, they should (largely) continue as normal.
- Cancer services are deemed essential and should continue close to normal. They might look different, but the service you will receive should be the same. Telehealth and other platforms may be used to support you, but face-to-face services will also be available to those who need it.
- If you are going through treatment, it’s likely that you will only be able to have essential visitors (or in some cases, no visitors at all). This can be distressing but its all about ensuring you are protected during this time.
- You should not expect a reduction in chemotherapy or radiation services.
- Most cancer surgeries should be able to proceed as normal.
- All essential services (including x-rays, scans and biopsies) are able to continue as normal. Urgent colonoscopies will likely still go ahead.
- The vaccine is safe for people to have if they have cancer or are going through cancer treatment. There are almost no circumstances where you can’t be vaccinated.