Hundreds of Northlanders will hold events and shake buckets in support of Friday's Daffodil Day, with the smallest collectors first out of the blocks.

Pupils from ABC Kamo Central preschool were at Kamo Shopping Centre yesterday in support of the Cancer Society's flagship fundraiser. Centre manager Tracey Cummings said this was the first time the centre had collected for the cause.

"Our older students are learning all about Daffodil Day. Today we got about $52 and are heading back out on Friday to do some more," Ms Cummings said.

A spokeswoman for the society said roughly 500 Northlanders were expected to be out shaking buckets this week. Many people were also working behind the scenes and organising fundraising events.

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Donations go towards scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as providing support services, education and awareness campaigns.

Whangarei's Lions Clubs and Rotary South are holding a big Daffodil Day collection in Whangarei's Cameron St Mall on Friday, with school groups and members of the Fire Service and police attending from 10am.

Fundraising events are planned all over the Far North. Last year volunteers regionwide raised $121,000 for Cancer Society Northland.

Text "hope" to 469 to make an instant $3 donation, look out for collectors or visit daffodilday.org.nz for details of Daffodil Day events in Northland.