Vintage cars deliver daffodils around South Canterbury

South Canterbury Vintage Car Club members Grant Mitchell and Marion Foster help deliver some of the more than 32, 0000 ...

South Canterbury Vintage Car Club members Grant Mitchell and Marion Foster help deliver some of the more than 32, 0000 daffodils with his 1980 Leyland Clubman for the South Canterbury Cancer Society

More than 32,000 daffodils have been delivered in style around the Timaru District thanks to the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club.

Eighteen highly polished and shiny classic and vintage cars were used to make the deliveries of the South Canterbury Cancer Society's 32,860 daffodils on Monday afternoon to businesses which had pre-ordered and pre-paid for the flowers, to raise funds for the Cancer Society in Timaru.

About $33,000 was raised, but Cancer Society manager Leola Smith said she was unable to say how much would end up as profit for the society.

The vintage car club's involvement began about eight years ago when a club member got cancer.

Club member Norman Bunt said the member's illness prompted the club to take an interest in helping the Cancer Society.

"It's a worthwhile cause."

The delivery vehicles included some models from the 1920s, while Bunt planned to drive his 1965 MG 1100.

The daffodil deliveries saw a driver and passenger in each car as they dropped off thousands of bunches of 30 or 50 of the bright yellow flowers that had been put together by society volunteers.

Smith said the society was eternally grateful to the car club.

"We really appreciate them helping us every year. It's bit quirky and people look out for them.. .it's been a great day."

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SC Vintage Car Club project co-ordinator John Foster said the daffodil deliveries followed a charity rally that saw 150 cars make the trip to Mt Peel Station last month and raise about $4000 for the society.

That event had captured the imagination of the the 38 vintage car club branches around the country, which have also got on board to raise funds for cancer with their own rallies. 

August 25 is Daffodil Day, which will see volunteers selling daffodils on the street with funds going towards Cancer Society accommodation, transport to treatment, practical support, one-on one support, support groups, programmes and information.

 - Stuff


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