About Daffodil Day

It’s Daffodil Days 30th birthday, find out more about its history below!

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History of Daffodil Day

The Daffodil Day concept originated in Canada six decades ago. The Canadian Cancer Society began using the daffodil in the 1950s. Representing the first flower of spring, it has proven an iconic symbol of hope and cancer research & awareness since, and has become the logo of cancer societies around the world.

Daffodil Day in Ireland

The Irish Cancer Society was founded by Professor Austin Darragh, officially coming into existence in 1963. Professor Darragh was inspired to start the society after being shocked by a statistic that 100 people in Ireland died each year from curable skin cancer, simply because they did not have the knowledge or information available to know when to seek treatment.

Today, the Irish Cancer Society aims to provide the public with information about cancer, provide services and support for patients and advocate for improvements in cancer care and treatment.

The first Irish Daffodil Day was organized by Professor Darragh and Society CEO Tom Hudson in 1988. The day quickly became an annual March tradition. In 2001, the daffodil was adapted as our main logo.

Today, Daffodil Day encompasses a host of different events, including nationwide coffee mornings, community events and of course the traditional volunteers on streets providing the public with the yellow flowers. The day helps raise millions of euro to support for the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.

Why Support Daffodil Day?

We need your support this Daffodil Day more than ever. We are currently facing a health crisis; there is a cancer epidemic in Ireland.

This year, 40,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer. That’s 150 cases per day. That’s a frightening statistic-every day 150 people will be told they have cancer. Too many people are suffering from this devastating disease.

That’s why we are determined now more than ever to eliminate cancer once and for all. We want to beat cancer through more research, through educating the public on ways to prevent cancer and by helping people who have cancer get the best treatment and care.

This Daffodil Day March 24th let’s show cancer that we are coming to get it.

How you can support Daffodil Day in 2017

We want everyone to get involved in Daffodil Day so that we can continue to provide essential services for people with cancer.