DEDICATED: Maureen Edwards will be selling flowers to raise money for the Cancer Council on August 28.
DEDICATED: Maureen Edwards will be selling flowers to raise money for the Cancer Council on August 28. Mike Richards

Volunteer arms herself with daffodils to raise funds

THIS will be the seventh year Maureen Edwards has given up her time to sell daffodils.

She volunteers with the Cancer Council as the publicity officer and has known many people affected by cancer.

Volunteering, she said, was one way to do some good in the community, although there had been no one defining moment that made her want to help.

But seeing the work the Cancer Council carries out, and how the support helps people, gave her the will to keep putting her hand up.

"A friend of mine had cancer a few times, years ago," Ms Edwards said.

"I felt scared for her. She is okay now, but to the truth is it is never really okay; you just get through it.

"To know that we could one day have a cure is enough to keep me going."

Ms Edwards also volunteers at the Mater Hospital and comes into contact with many people affected by cancer.

No matter how hard it is, she never loses her positive attitude and always thinks to herself that patients receiving treatment for cancer are going to be okay.

"Some people say you can't be personally invested to be a volunteer," she said.

"But I think you absolutely have to be personally invested to be a volunteer."

Ms Edwards said it was becoming increasingly harder to approach people about volunteering.

"People are busy or retired and they have plans.

"It is such a rewarding experience knowing you're making a difference, but it's not to be able to say you are a good person.

"It's about hope - hope we can find a cure."



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