The Wanganui Cancer Society Shop has taken on a distinct shade of yellow with the window display exhibiting the first flush of spring.
Daffodil Day approaches and the society's volunteers will be out and about on Friday, August 26, collecting for their important and essential work.
The shop in Victoria Ave is the public face of the Cancer Society, and as well as being a source of quality second hand goods, is also stocked with sun protection products and Cancer Society marketing merchandise. More than an op shop, it is staffed by volunteers with access to information and advice.
"So now we have a yellow shop," says manager Robyn Ryder, as she sets up a display table of Daffodil Day merchandise - daffodils (real and manufactured) and Cancer Society teddy bears, and more in the colour of the day.
Collection boxes are already on counters at businesses all over town, all of which are keen to assist with vital fundraising. The Cancer Society receives no Government funding and all money raised locally stays local.
There are two major fundraising exercises for Wanganui Cancer Society - Daffodil Day and Relay for Life. The shop is an extra source of income and a handy avenue for informed discussion. The helpful ladies can answer any questions about what the Cancer Society can provide for cancer patients, their families and friends.
As well as the main shop, there is a Cancer Society Furniture Shop behind the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre. There old, tired, donated furniture is restored and refurbished for sale. Volunteers with design, cabinet-making and upholstery skills work on-site or at home to make old furniture like new again.
"It's an amazing concept," says Jane Beamsley, Wanganui Cancer Society manager. "Sue Cox (furniture shop manager) has a team working with her, collecting and restoring furniture. There is so much love that goes into that furniture. They do such a good job."