Almost 44,000 raised around Daffodil Day in Clonakilty area
THEY dyed their hair pink, roasted a pig and even created a garden; despite the recession, the community of Clonakilty came together to raise nearly €44,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.
Every sector of the community, young, middle-aged and old, in Clonakilty and its surrounding areas, contributed to the cheque for €43,711 which was presented to Rose O'Dea, Munster co-ordinator of the Irish Cancer Society, at a recent function.
More than a thousand schoolchildren, along with senior citizens' groups, community associations and street musicians came together to raise the funds, which will be used by the society in a variety of ways, including the provision of night nurse services.
Seven local schools managed to raise in excess of €10,000 according to local Daffodil Day co-ordinator Therese Hayes. These included the town's Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty Community College, Scoil na mBuachailli and St Joseph's Girls National School, Clonakilty, who joined with schools from Knockskeagh, Lisavaird and Darrara in raising money for the organization.
'The schoolchildren made a huge contribution and came up with their own initiatives - everything from dying their hair pink to selling cakes in their neighbourhoods,' said Ms Hayes, who added that a variety of events, including a coffee morning, street music and the Garden of Hope in Kennedy Gardens, had all contributed to the success of this year's event:
'It was very successful and all sides of the community helped out - everyone pitched in,' said Ms Hayes.
Rose O'Dea of the Irish Cancer Society thanked everyone involved for all their hard work in gathering such a huge amount of money and said that the sum raised was incredible given the size of the town.
She also went on to explain how the Daffodil Day money is spent and read a poignant letter from the family of a lady who had used the services of a night nurse.
Next year, said Ms O Dea, would mark the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day in Ireland and, she revealed, already plans were already being put in place to mark the occasion.
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