ANZ North Dunedin branch manager Judy Chiles holds some of
her Daffodil Day bear collection in Dunedin yesterday.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Despite being surrounded by teddy bears, today is no
picnic for ANZ North Dunedin branch manager Judy Chiles.
For the past seven years, Mrs Chiles has co-ordinated the
involvement of Dunedin ANZ branches in Daffodil Day - the
Cancer Society's annual flagship event being held today.
Each year, the society releases a new fluffy bear with
different colour fur, jacket and name to mark the day, and
Mrs Chiles makes a point of collecting them.
Cancer had affected some of her colleagues and family - both
of her parents, her husband and aunts and uncles had cancer;
some had beaten it, others had not, she said.
''It's quite prevalent in our family; so it's a cause close
to the heart.
''The Cancer Society does a fantastic job.''
The bear this year - Lucy - had been on sale at most ANZ
branches since the start of the month.
The George St branch she managed sold about 200 of the $10
bears each year and the ANZ branch across the road sold about
''People come in especially for the bears.''
All the money raised in Otago and Southland for Daffodil Day
stayed in Otago and Southland, she said.