The Irish Cancer Society was due to have its annual Daffodil Day street collection today Friday 27th March 2020. It was of course cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to their website, every day in Ireland, 150 people are diagnosed with cancer. That is 1 person every 3 minutes. I well believe that as I think most people know someone who has been affected by Cancer. Because of this, there is an enormous need for support and information for patients across the country.
The Irish Cancer Society is there to provide support every step of the way through cancer support services, cancer awareness and prevention, cancer research and cancer advocacy. Because the Society receives only 3% of its funding from the Government, they depend on donations, fundraising campaigns and their charity shops to raise the funds needed to carry out their mission. That is why having to cancel Daffodil Day street collections (and close their charity shops) will have such a negative impact on their work. Not only was this annual fundraising day cancelled due to health and safety of their workers but they also need to focus their energy at the moment on providing the information, support and advice that cancer patients and their families need at this difficult time.
But thankfully people can still donate. The Irish Cancer Society have renamed it ‘Digital Daffodil Day’ 🌼 So if like me, you would like to support The Irish Cancer Society from the safety of your home, you can either text ‘CANCER’ or ‘DAFFODIL’ to 50300 to donate €4. You can also donate other amounts if you go to their website http://www.cancer.ie. and you can buy a digital daffodil.
As I said before, let’s continue to support each other, albeit from a safe distance. Supporting each other will help us all get through the next number of weeks and months.
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