Grays Point Public School visits Anchorage Early Learning for Daffodil Day

A generous bunch: Sisters Zoe, 6, and Ava, 3 join in a yellow celebration for Daffodil Day. Picture: John Veage
A generous bunch: Sisters Zoe, 6, and Ava, 3 join in a yellow celebration for Daffodil Day. Picture: John Veage

Bright yellow floral arrangements carried by pupils from Grays Point Public School sprouted messages of hope on Friday for Daffodil Day, August 23.

With flowers and coins in hand, children ventured out for a mini-excursion, strolling to Anchorage Early Learning to bring a spot of early spring to toddlers.

What made the day extra special was that one of the pupils from the primary school, Zoe, has a younger sister, Ava, 3, at the daycare. Ava was diagnosed at age 18 months with a yolk sac tumour, which spread to her lungs.

Zoe shared her little sister's story with her fellow classmates to raise awareness of the rare form of cancer.

Florals of hope: The aim of Daffodil Day is to raise money for cancer research.

Florals of hope: The aim of Daffodil Day is to raise money for cancer research.

Their mother Laura Feredoes, says August 23 is an unforgettable day for the family.

"Today is the actual day Ava was diagnosed." she said. "She is now considered in remission but she still has to have an ultrasound every six months and a blood test every three months."

"It's very sweet that the primary school and daycare have this lovely relationship of celebrating Daffodil Day together."

Owner of Anchorage Early Learning, Ashleigh Piek, said educators wanted to honour one of their children and others with cancer.

"We are selling daffodils obviously to go towards cancer, something that affects all of us in some way, but we also named the other bunch of flowers we are selling the 'Ava' bunch after Ava fought stage 4 cancer at such a young age," she said.

"We went to the markets to get the daffodils and the children set up stalls and sold them to the public."

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