Daffodil Day 2014

While it’s too soon to say how Daffodil Day 2014 will fair against reaching its €3.45m target – initial indications, and the weather, are looking much better than last year. Niamh Ni Chonghaile, Head of Finance, Irish Cancer Society who is leading the money count in head office said “Things are looking a lot better than last year – there are a lot more notes, the coin bags are heavier and the money isn’t wet!” She continued “However, it will take time for the money to come in and be counted and until then we won’t know how we’re doing. So far things are much better than last year but it looks like we are about 20% behind 2012 levels - so better than last year but a long way to go.” Daffodil Day is the biggest fundraiser of the Irish Cancer Society with thousands of volunteers all around the country working hard to raise money for the Society’s free cancer services and research. It will take many months for money from all around the country to be banked and the final success of the campaign known. The Society is asking anyone who did not get a chance yet to support the day to make a donation now, you can visit www.cancer.ie, CallSave 1850 60 60 60 or text daff to 50300 to donate €4 now. (100% of your €4 goes to the Irish Cancer Society across most networks. Some providers apply Vat where a minimum of €3.26 cent will go to the Society. Service provided by LikeCharity (01-4433890).) Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society said, “It’s fantastic to see the level of support for Daffodil Day this year – it has been an incredible day so far and we are so inspired to see the way the general public, the media and of course our volunteers have gotten behind it. From our own ‘daff man’ James Gilleran on O’Connell Street, to Storm troopers selling daffs on Grafton street, a marathon 11 hour coffee morning in Cork, many of our messages trending on twitter, a daffodil formation of 400 school children in Newcastle – it’s been an amazing day. But we are mindful as always of the huge challenge we face. More and more people are diagnosed with cancer every day and more demand is placed on our services. More than ever Daffodil Day is vital to ensure we can maintain our income and help even more people with our services.”