The Irish Cancer Society’s Munster Community Fundraiser Rose O’Dea visited Carrick-on-Suir last week to collect a €12,200 cheque, which was the proceeds raised in the town on Daffodil Day.
Marie Walsh, Chairperson of the local Daffodil Day Committee, welcomed Rose and the other members of the local committee as well as students from Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, whe collected €570 for the cause by running a jersey day at their school.
The total amount collected in Carrick on Suir for Daffodil Day last month was up slightly on last year.
Rose O’Dea thanked everyone, especially the volunteers for their contribution on the day.
She said the overall national target this year was €3.7 million, which was the amount needed to fund free nationwide patient care services.
Ms O’Dea pointed out that the number of people diagnosed with cancer in Co. Tipperary annually in recent years exceeded 1000.
This meant there was an ever increasing demand for the direct patient care services provided by the Irish Cancer Society.
She gave details of the patient care services provided by the Irish Cancer Society in Co. Tipperary last year.
Specialist cancer nurses supported 196 callers to the National Cancer Helpline (freefone 1800 200 700), 418 nights of care were provided at a cost of €146,300 and €42,550 in financial aid was provided to people in the county.
Travelcare is a transportation assistance fund made available by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) to patients travelling for cancer treatment.
A total of €14,912 from this fund went specifically to patients in County Tipperary.
The Irish Cancer Society has funded Daffodil Centres in Galway University Hospital and in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
These centres are an extension of the Cancer Information Service and they provide information, advice and support to all those concerned or affected by cancer.
The Society plans to establish more of Daffodil Centres in other parts of the country and one is expected to be opened at Waterford Regional Hospital before the end of the year.