Public and local support for the Irish Cancer Society’s (ICS) Daffodil Day, held in May, made it a great success in Clonmel, in the end, following wash-out weather that impacted in fundraising all over the country.
The Clonmel branch of the Daffodil Day Society would like to thank everyone who supported the essential charity on the day and subsequently, as they presented the ICS with a cheque for €38,000 recently.
“We would like to thank all the volunteers and committee members, all the local organisations and businesses,” said Frances Delahunty, branch secretary.
“It was a challenging year with the weather and a lot of organisations gave us money and donations,” she said.
A fundraising race evening facilitated by Eugene Cooney at the Clonmel Racecourse, Powerstown Park contributed greatly to the total amount raised.
The Clonmel branch was very happy with this year’s total amount, according to Frances.
“We were very happy, money is scarce these days, you can’t expect the same nowadays but we got great support,” she said.
Funds raised on Daffodil Day by thousands of volunteers - locally and across Ireland - go directly to providing information, care and support to those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland. The Society’s Cancer Information Service is a key service funded by Daffodil Day and includes; seven Daffodil Centres based in hospitals nationwide, including Waterford Regional Hospital, with plans for seven more in the next two years; the National Cancer Helpline (Freefone 1800 200 700), which also includes cancer chat, queries through email and social media; and a suite of booklets and leaflets. It also funds the Irish Cancer Society’s night nurse services and the Care to Drive service which has facilitated 128 journeys for eight cancer patients across Tipperary this year. The services are free, confidential and available nationwide. The Killenaule/Ballingarry branch also recently presented the ICS with €4,000 they collected on Daffodil Day.