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Clare Daffodil Day is launched

Volunteer Mary McAllistair from Ennis, Co. Clare pictured with Rugby star Tony Ward at the national launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s 28th Daffodil Day 2015, supported by Dell.

Volunteer Mary McAllistair from Ennis, Co. Clare pictured with Rugby star Tony Ward at the national launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s 28th Daffodil Day 2015, supported by Dell.

The Irish Cancer Society and Dell launched Clare Daffodil Day 2015, which takes place on Friday March 27th.

This year marks the 28th Daffodil Day, Ireland’s longest running and biggest fundraising day.

The Society announced a growth in cancer incidence that is sure to have a direct impact on its services – increasing the need for the people in Clare to support Daffodil Day so they can reach their fundraising target of €3.5 million for 2015.

The Society stated that 15 people in Clare are diagnosed with cancer every week.

Speaking at the launch of Daffodil Day, John McCormack, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Cancer Society said, “Every family in Clare is touched by cancer, and these new figures confirm that cancer rates are growing. As cancer is increasing so are our efforts to fight it. As the national cancer charity we are working harder to ensure that every family in need of support in Clare has access to our services. To meet the increased demand for help as more people get and survive cancer we need to raise even more money this year on Daffodil Day.”

Funds raised on Daffodil Day by thousands of volunteers across Ireland go directly to fund the work of the Society across support, prevention, research and advocacy. Night Nursing is one service funded by Daffodil Day. Last year the Society was able to fulfil 96 per cent of requests for a night nurse.  Seventy Five percent of cancer patients wish to die at home surrounded by family, yet only 25% get to do so. The Irish Cancer Society provides the only night time care service for cancer patients in their own homes. In 2014 the Society’s nurses provided 199 nights of care to 48 patients in Clare and this service is fully funded by the people of Clare who consistently support the work of the Society.

Mr McCormack continued, “We won’t give up until every person affected by cancer in Clare has the support they need and we need the support of everyone in Clare to make this possible. We know our volunteers won’t give up, we know Dell – our lead partner – won’t give up and we need every person in Clare to join us in this fight. We still have some way to go to fully support patients who will die from their cancer. We won’t give up until we reach that future without cancer – and I know the Irish public won’t either.”

The Society and Dell, lead partner for Daffodil Day, are calling on the public to help support the campaign on Friday 27th March and ask people to volunteer, organise or donate on CallSave 1850 60 60 60 or visit http://www.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.

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