Adverse weather conditions had a devastating effect on Daffodil Day this year, with the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) recording a significant decrease in funds collected on the day. Daffodil Day, which took place this year on Friday March 22nd, is the society’s biggest single fundraiser, providing 12% of their yearly income.
Most areas in the country recorded a significant loss in comparison to last year. However according to Veronica Naughton – a co-organiser of the event in Longford – the weather didn’t stop the people of Longford coming out in their droves to support the event. “Takings are a bit down on last year” Veronica admits, “but we collected e10,600 so far in town, and there’s more to come in.”
Ms Naughton admits that she wasn’t surprised by the decrease, saying “We knew on the day by our takings that we’d be down. We knew by about the third lodgement.”
With that said, Ms Naughton is keen to point out that the figure raised so far for the town is incredible, and wishes to thank everyone for their support, from those who donated fresh daffodils, to those who bought the merchandise, which by the end of the day was all sold out.
“We are very grateful to everybody that stood out all day, and the shops and shopping centres that let us stand there. An extra special thanks to everyone who supported [us] and those who stopped by in the rain.”
Daffodil Day celebrated its 25th birthday last year, and this year, the ICS are celebrating their 50th. Those wishing to do so can still donate by visiting the Irish Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.ie