Sam ‘‘The Flower Man’’ Renato is calling on Goulburn Valley residents to dig deep into their garden and donate any spare daffodils.By Alexandra Bolkas
It is the 27th year he has donated an average of 8000 daffodils to the Cancer Council for sale on Daffodil Day, but he is hoping to reach a target of 9000.
‘‘It’s my little bit to help out the cause . . . we’ve had family members involved in cancer, including my niece, who was 21 and had Hodgkin’s disease,’’ Mr Renato said.
‘‘That’s how it got started and we’ve been donating ever since.’’
Mr Renato said he bought all the daffodils he supplied, which averaged about 800 bunches, but he was limited in the numbers he could supply on his own.
‘‘We’ve got a guy that’s got a lovely garden who always brings in a couple hundred stems for Daffodil Day,’’ he said.
‘‘But I’ve noticed around town there’s a lot of gardens with patches of daffodils here and there and they only last about a week — once it warms up, they’re dead.’’
He urged anyone with good-quality daffodils to cut them and drop them into the shop, where volunteers would bunch them for sale on August 22, before Daffodil Day on August 23.
‘‘They could sell a lot more then what they’ve got — even if it’s 20 or 30 stems, it could help,’’ he said.
He said he loved giving back to the community and had a great time with the volunteers that bunched flowers at his shop.
Cancer Council volunteer Vic Earl said Mr Renato’s daffodil donation was invaluable.
‘‘It brings us a lot more revenue as otherwise we would have to buy them all and only get a small commission on what we sell,’’ Mr Earl said.
Mr Earl said the Cancer Council hoped to reach close to last year’s amount of $11 800.
Mr Renato said he was excited Daffodil Day fell on his birthday this year.
‘‘It’s happened three times since I started (donating daffodils),’’ he said.
■ Daffodils will be sold at Renato’s Florist, Fairleys Supa IGA, Goulburn Valley Health, SPC Ardmona Factory Sales, Shepparton Marketplace, Woolworths Mooroopna, Riverside Plaza and Maude St Mall.
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Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
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