Longford prepares for Daffodil Day

Longford prepares for Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day volunteers from Longford were in Croke Park recently to help launch the Irish Cancer Society’s 30th Daffodil Day, which takes place on Friday, March 24.

Daffodil Day supporters have raised over €66m for people affected by cancer in Ireland since the inaugural Daffodil Day in 1988. 

Since then Daffodil Day has become a vital fundraiser involving communities across Ireland who come together to support cancer patients and their families.

RTE’s Dancing with the Stars contestant, testicular cancer survivor Des Bishop, was on hand to launch Daffodil Day. 

The comedian, who lost his father to lung cancer, urged members of the public to show their support for the growing number of people being diagnosed with cancer. 

Incidence of cancer is rising and 150 people are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every day. 

Most recent data from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland shows that  336 people in Longford were diagnosed with cancer over a 12 month period.

Twenty-seven cancer patients in Longford received 202 nights of care through the Society’s Night Nursing service last year.

In 2016, 211 journeys were facilitated for 22 patients from Longford who used the Volunteer Driver Service. 

Grants totalling €3,000 were provided to four families in Longford through the Society’s Financial Support Programme which supports parents of children who are undergoing cancer treatment and experiencing financial hardship.

The public can support Daffodil Day on 24 March by:  

* Holding a coffee morning or event at home, in school or in their workplace 

* Registering as a volunteer to help sell daffodil pins  

* Buying a daffodil from one of our volunteers in their community 

* Donating online at www.cancer.ie 

For more information on Daffodil Day visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday