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Tulip Day Volunteers: A whole bunch of help for people with Lung Disease

(NC) Brightly coloured tulips are the perfect way to kiss winter goodbye and say hello to spring. And by supporting the Ontario Lung Association Tulip Day campaign you'll also be helping the one in five Ontarians who live with lung disease.

The Ontario Lung Association is looking for workplace champions to help coordinate sales of these low-scent, non-allergic blooms in their offices and workplaces. It's a simple job that brings the promise of spring to your work colleagues and helps to save lives, one breath at a time.

To find out how to become a workplace champion, visit or phone 1-888-344-LUNG (5864).

There are 2.5 million reasons to buy tulips in support of The Lung Association. That's the number of Ontarians living with a chronic lung disease:

• A staggering 1.9 million Ontarians live with asthma and almost a quarter of them are children.

• 850,000 Ontarians are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and almost half of all cases are classified as severe or very severe.

• More than 13,000 Ontarians die each year from diseases related to tobacco use, one of the most powerful addictions.

Every bunch or pot of tulips you buy helps support The Lung Association programs, services and life-saving lung health research. And after you've filled your office or home with beautiful tulips, here are some tips for getting the best from your blooms.

Cut tulips:

• Remove any leaves from the part of the stem that will be under water in the vase.

• Cut off white portion of the stem off for better water intake.

• Change water frequently. The key to a long-lasting cut tulip is clean, fresh water and plenty of it.

• Recut stems every four to five days, removing only an inch. This will help to encourage the intake of water.

• The cooler the room, the longer your blooms will last.

• Whether potted or cut, tulips will always grow towards the light.

Potted tulips:

• Place potted tulips in bright indirect light and keep them away from any heat sources such as heating vents and stereos. Never place on top of a TV.

• Set on a saucer to keep water from seeping onto your furniture.

• Keep soil moist but not wet. Every other day watering is fine.

• Fertilizing is not needed.

• If you want to slow down the flowering period, place in a cool room. If you need your tulip to last for a specific occasion, reducing the heat and light will allow you to time it perfectly.

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