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‘Daffodil Drive’ a rousing success

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Local residents could well be excused if they walk around with sore arms today as a result of patting themselves on the back.

For the first time, the annual “Daffodil Days” fundraising drive by the local Beta Sigma Phi sorority for the Canadian Cancer Society completely sold out before the campaign even got officially underway.

“It’s unbelievable,” campaign chair Brenda Cox said Friday morning. “Once again, Fort Frances has come through.”

The committee had purchased a total of 1,430 bunches to be resold for $5 each at various locations here over the weekend, but that no longer will be possible.

“We tried to accommodate everybody, but the demand was so great, we actually sold some twice,” Cox said with a laugh.

“I want to thank the businesses who generously participated and my sorority sisters who did such a great job in pre-selling,” she added.

The daffodil has become the symbol of hope for the Canadian Cancer Society and its many volunteers since 1954. It has been available in Fort Frances since 1975.

The society is the largest purchaser of daffodils in the world and in Ontario alone, more than five million are sold each year.

Over the past five years, more than $30,000 has been contributed and used by the local unit of the Canadian Cancer Society. This year’s drive is expected to raise well over $7,000.

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