SIR – Do you know that, every 15 minutes in Ireland, someone hears the dreaded words: ‘you have cancer’? Did you know that, during 2016, 40,000 people in Ireland will be diagnosed with cancer or that one in every three people will receive a cancer diagnosis throughout their lives, affecting not just them but their entire family and over the next 20 years that is expected to double.
Often, people who throw money into a Daffodil Day bucket, or hold a coffee morning, do not know the impact that their support has on the life of another person. The reassuring phone call, the lift to chemotherapy treatment, the night of nursing care that their contribution makes possible. This is what Daffodil Day is all about.
Daffodil Day 2016 will take place on Friday, March 11th. Here in Clonakilty, the local Daffodil Day committee will be out selling daffodils and pins on the street, our coffee day will be taking place on Pearse Street as always, along with sales in Scally’s SuperValu, bag packing in Dunnes Stores, coffee day in the Fig & Olive and, of course, all the local schools will be actively fundraising on the day.
We are again asking the public for their support.
Daffodil Day supports the work of the Irish Cancer Society and it is important to remember that the Society is a charity. Cancer is a disease which impacts every family in this country. Over 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every year.
Daffodil Day means that the Society is there for you and your family working to support you, free of charge, when you need it most. It is there right now for anyone concerned about cancer, providing information on how you can reduce the risk of cancer and how you can detect it early.
For those who are diagnosed with cancer, the Society’s cancer nurses in Daffodil Centres nationwide and on the Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 will offer you cancer information and support. If you need a lift to your chemotherapy treatment, the Society’s volunteer drivers will drive you to and from hospital so that transport is one less thing you need to worry about. If you are struggling emotionally as a result of your diagnosis, the Society’s free counselling service is available in local cancer support centres so that you can access free support in your local community.
For those who are at the end of their cancer journey, the Society’s night nurses will come to your home and provide medical care, comfort and reassurance through the night so that you can stay at home surrounded by the ones you love. Daffodil Day is leading the fight against cancer in every way, funding 85 cancer researchers who are working across innovative research projects to find better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.
Daffodil Day supports cancer patients and their families. We look forward to seeing you this Friday, March 11th, and we ask for your support now more than ever.
Daffodil Day Committee