Sydney Harbour Bridge lights up for Daffodil Day

23 August 2011

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will light up to mark the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day, one of the Cancer Council’s most important fundraising events.

“The bridge’s city-facing southern pylon will be illuminated with bright yellow and the event’s logo from around 6pm until midnight on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August, the two days leading to Daffodil Day,” a Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said.

“The Cancer Council asked the Roads and Traffic Authority to light up the bridge in the lead up to the day to increase awareness and encourage donations toward Daffodil Day on Friday 26 August.

An estimated 114,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia in 2010, with around 43,000 people losing their lives to the disease in the same year. Half of Australians will be diagnosed with some form of cancer before the age of 85.

“Daffodil Day is the largest national fundraising event of its kind in the southern hemisphere and raises much needed funds for cancer research, prevention and support services,” the spokesperson said.

“Importantly, the event also raises awareness of cancer-related issues. Associating the event with Australia’s most recognised landmark by lighting up the Sydney Harbour Bridge will certainly help achieve this.

“This year the Cancer Council hopes to raise more than $9.5 million, so we encourage people to dig deep for Daffodil Day,” the spokesperson said.

For more information, to register or donate, visit www.daffodilday.com.au or phone
1300 65 65 85.

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