Daffodil Day 2016 - fighting the cancer epidemic in Wicklow
Buying a Daffodil on March 11th helps in the fight against cancer.
As Daffodil Day 2016 approaches, cancer survivors and volunteers with the Irish Cancer Society are calling on the public to help fight the cancer epidemic we're currently experiencing in Ireland. This year Daffodil Day, which is kindly supported by Dell, will take place across County Wicklow on Friday, 11th of March.
"The challenge this Daffodil Day is bigger than ever before", said Donal Buggy, Head of Services at the Irish Cancer Society. "The number of people getting cancer is increasing in Ireland with one in three people getting cancer in their lifetime. Cancer continues to visit almost every home in Ireland. The harsh reality is that we are experiencing a cancer epidemic, as this year alone more than 40,000 people will get cancer, this means that over 100 people every day will hear those words 'you have cancer'".
In County Wicklow 1,141 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and this figure is increasing every year. This year Daffodil Day volunteers across County Wicklow will be collecting to help provide free services for cancer patients to address this epidemic. These services provided by the Irish Cancer Society are only made possible by donations on Daffodil Day. Services where patients are brought to their chemotherapy treatments; the Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 where people can get expert support and guidance; and where patients in the last days of their life are able to stay at home surrounded by the ones they love, cared for compassionately and with dignity by one of the Irish Cancer Society's Night Nurses.
"As an independent charity, the Society raises 92% of its income from donors and we rely almost entirely on the generosity of the Irish public to help us deliver our life-changing services," according to Donal Buggy. "As we face into this cancer epidemic, together with our volunteers and supporters across County Wicklow on Daffodil Day, we are determined to find ways to address the epidemic and the increasing demands for our services."
In its 29 years Daffodil Day has raised €63.6 million which has directly supported tens of thousands of people affected by cancer, funded ground-breaking research, and helped improve the lives of those affected by cancer.
The public can support Daffodil Day by:
- Buying a daffodil from one of the volunteers in your community
- Donating online - www.cancer.ie
- Donating over the phone - CallSave 1850 60 60 60
- Texting Daff to 50300 to donate €4 *(The Irish Cancer Society will receive a minimum of €3.25. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278)