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Daffodil Day’s cancellation has not fazed Clyde’s Jody Velenski who has used Lockdown Level 4 to step into the breach – launching her own fundraiser for the Cancer Society.

The 10-year-old has been hand-making daffodils from yellow and orange paper to raise money for the charity after the lockdown forced the cancellation of its’ street appeal which was scheduled to take place today.

Jody is an old-hand at lockdown-related philantrophy – last year she handcrafted poppies to raise money for the Returned Services Association.

That came after the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown put paid to both the association’s poppy day appeal and Anzac services.

More than a year on, it is a different appeal but the same principle.

Jody’s mother Kristy Velenski said this time she and her daughter had been inspired by seeing posts about people making daffodils and decorating their letterboxes on social media.

Jody Velenski (10) shows off her handiwork to raise money for the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day street appeal which was cancelled due to Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions.
PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

She and her daughter took the idea further taking inspiration from others and formulating their own design.

“I saw how the Cancer Society would lose thousands [of dollars] and thought `well we could make some daffodils to sell for a donation’.”

Jody took little coaxing to come onboard, Mrs Velenski said.

Clyde’s Four Square Supermarket also came to the party agreeing to place the daffodils and collect donations.

PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

The Cancer Society typically raises $1 million annually via the street appeal _ its primary fundraiser.

In lieu of the appeal, the charity was asking people to take their support online and make a donation at www.daffodilday.org.nz