Bad weather devastates Daffodil Day fundraising

Bad weather had a devastating impact on the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, last Friday, however early indications are that the people of South Tipperary may have bucked that trend.

Bad weather had a devastating impact on the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, last Friday, however early indications are that the people of South Tipperary may have bucked that trend.

While floods, rain, wind, power cuts and traffic jams took their toll on the country’s oldest and largest fundraising day, leading to drops of up to 50% in funds raised in some areas, the dedicated Cashel Daffodil Day committee report that this year’s local total is hoped to be at least 85% of recent year’s.

Initial indications show that funds being collected from street sellers around the country for Daffodil Day are significantly lower than previous years, making it unlikely that the Irish Cancer Society will reach their ambitious target of €3.4million. Without a successful Daffodil Day campaign the Society will struggle to continue to provide the same level of care, support and information services in 2014.

However the people of Cashel can be proud in the knowledge that already the area has raised 70% of last year’s total and, according to the organising committee, they are hopeful that will rise to at least 85% in the coming weeks as monies raised at coffee mornings and other events are brought in to them.

Paddy O’Leary, the treasurer of Cashel Daffodil Day Committee, said that it could take up to six weeks to have a local final tally for the fundraising campaign, as people hold private events like coffee mornings in their homes, and not all take pace on the actual Daffodil Day, last Friday.

“The day itself was, frankly, a disaster because of the weather on Friday morning. It was a washout.” In Cashel the group are somewhat unique in that they do a lot of door-to-door and business-to-business collecting on the day, but in last Friday’s torrential rain they couldn’t ask people to go out and walk around.

“We would normally collect around E22,000, over the last couple of years. At the moment we are up to around €16,000, around 70%. We would expect to be in and around that at this stage. We will be down a little bit but I would guess we will hit 85% of our recent average,” Paddy said.

He went on to pay tribute to the ladies committee “who do an absolutely tremendous job” organising Daffodil Day in Cashel.

The Irish Cancer Society want those who didn’t brave the elements last Friday to know it’s not too late to support Daffodil Day, you can make a secure online donation by visiting www.cancer.ie; telephone CallSave 1850 606060 to donate; text Daff to 50300 to donate €4 (100% of your donation will go to the Daffodil Day); and you can even buy a virtual daffodil on the Society’s Facebook page!

Funds raised on Daffodil Day go directly to providing information, care and support to those with, and affected by, cancer. The Society’s Cancer Information Service is funded by Daffodil Day and includes; seven Daffodil Centres based in hospitals nationwide with plans for seven more in the next two years; and the National Cancer Helpline Freefone 1800 200700.