About Daffodil Day

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Daffodil Day is the Irish Cancer Society's biggest fundraiser, taking place each year in March and raising millions of euro to support cancer patients and their loved ones by providing free advice and support, as well as by funding life-saving cancer research.

Usually on Daffodil Day, thousands of volunteers take to the streets selling flowers and daffodil pins to collect funds for the fight against cancer. Many others organise coffee mornings and other fundraising events in their homes, local communities, and workplaces. This year due to Covid-19 restrictions, Daffodil Day will be different - and more important than ever.

Daffodil Day is a day for us all to give hope to people affected by cancer. Funds raised during our Daffodil Day campaign are used across the country to help the 44,000 people who will hear the words "you have cancer" each year.

So on Friday, 26 March please give what you can to make a difference to the lives of people going through cancer.

How you can support Daffodil Day

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

The history of Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day 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 the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.

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