Buy a Daffodil on March 24th and provide crucial care for cancer patients
Boyle volunteers launch Daffodil Day 2017
photos: Mary Regan
March 24th is the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day and volunteers in Boyle will be out in force once again to raise crucial funds to help those affected by cancer.
Every three minutes in Ireland a person receives a cancer diagnosis. In order to provide information, support and care to people affected by cancer, the Irish Cancer Society needs to raise €3.98 million this year on Daffodil Day.
Volunteers in Boyle are determined to show their support for people in the community who are dealing with cancer in their lives. On Daffodil Day they will be selling daffodils and other daffodil bits and pieces all day long!
Daffodil Day, the flagship fundraising day of the Irish Cancer Society and the longest running collection day in Ireland, funds services to support cancer patients and their families on every step of the cancer journey. Services include the Society’s Freephone Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 and 13 Daffodil Centres around the country where anyone worried about cancer can speak to a Cancer Nurse.
Funds raised also support the Night Nursing service which provides palliative care to cancer patients in Ireland 365 days of the year, allowing those at the end of their cancer journey to remain at home with their loved ones. Last year in Roscommon 171 nights of care were provided to 41 patients.
Kathe Filbert, Night Nurse said: “When I go into a patient’s home I try to bring a sense of calmness, sensitivity, kindness and understanding with caring and comfort for the patients. The relief and reassurance expressed by families in the knowledge that their loved one is comfortable is evidence of the invaluable service of Night Nursing. It is a privilege and honour to be with a patient and family at such a precious time and funds raised on Daffodil Day allow me to do this.”
Monica Commons Chair of the Boyle Daffodil Day Committee said: “Since 1988 €66m has been raised on Daffodil Day to support thousands of people affected by cancer. People of Boyle have been instrumental in raising these funds and we thank you for your staunch support to date. As cancer incidence increases, we need your support more than ever before to ensure no one in our community faces cancer alone. Please give what you can on Daffodil Day and make a difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families.”
To volunteer to collect on Daffodil Day contact Monica Commons or to make an online donation visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday