The Irish Cancer Society has had to cancel Daffodil Day as a result of Covid-19 – but there are other ways to help raise vital funds
With the continued spread of Covid-19 across Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society has made the very difficult decision to cancel this year's Daffodil Day. This will come as a massive blow to everyone who avails of the charity's much-needed services.
Daffodil Day is the Irish Cancer Society's biggest fundraiser. It raises millions of euro every year to support cancer patients and their loved ones by providing free advice and support, as well as by funding life-saving cancer research.
Averil Power, the CEO of the ICS, said, "We have made this decision to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, volunteers and supporters.
"We also want to focus all our energies on providing cancer patients and their families with the information, advice and support they need at this time."
Other ways to help raise funds
With all street collections cancelled on March 27, the charity needs donations more than ever. There are a number of ways to do this.
Most simply, you can text CANCER to 50300 to donate €4.
Alternatively, you can make a donation of any amount online using this link. When donating online, you can choose where exactly your money will be used within the Irish Cancer Society; such as nursing services, cancer research, breast cancer or prostate cancer. You can also choose whether to make it a one-off payment or a monthly donation.
What will my money be used for?
Money raised during the annual Daffodil Day campaign go towards:
– Funding over 150 cancer researchers working in labs across Ireland to find new and better treatments for cancer patients. Thanks to investments in cancer research, more people are surviving cancer today than ever before.
– Providing free, confidential advice and support to cancer patients and their loved ones and anyone concerned about cancer through Irish Cancer Society cancer nurses. Last year, the charity's nurses provided information to over 25,000 people in Ireland who had questions or concerns about cancer.
– Enabling cancer patients to spend their final days at home, cared for by Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses and surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of their homes.
– Providing support to patients, whether it's free counselling for patients and families in their local communities, or lifts to chemotherapy appointments in hospital provided by the charity's team of volunteer drivers.
Photo: Andres Poveda for the Irish Cancer Society
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