Limerick gets ready for Daffodil Day

Niamh Broderick

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Niamh Broderick

LAST year over €145,000 was raised in Limerick on Daffodil Day. And the local organiser of the event to be held on Friday next, March 23 is confident of another big collection despite the reccession. All funds go to the Irish Cancer Society.

LAST year over €145,000 was raised in Limerick on Daffodil Day. And the local organiser of the event to be held on Friday next, March 23 is confident of another big collection despite the reccession.

All funds go to the Irish Cancer Society.

Maura O’Flaherty has been the co-ordinator of the Limerick Branch for over 20 years. “I just want to thank the people of Limerick for their continued generosity to Daffodil Day over the years. It is very much appreciated. Limerick has always been very generous and rarely do we have to ask for money, people always come up and donate what they can.

“They give us so much support even in such hard economic times,” she added.

Limerick raised €145,000 last year on Daffodil Day, with €52,000 raised alone in the city. Funds raised on Daffodil Day by thousands of volunteers across Ireland go directly to providing free cancer information and services to people all over Ireland

Each year over seven hundred people in Limerick are diagnosed with cancer with the most diagnoses being in colorectal, lung, prostate and breast areas. Ireland’s cancer rate is one of the highest in the world.

One in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime and it is estimated by 2020, 43,000 new cases will be diagnosed.

These stark figures mean that funds raised on Daffodil Day are essential if the Society is to continue to meet the demand for its range of free nationwide patient care services.

Last year the funds from Daffodil Day helped set up seven new Daffodil centres in hospitals for cancer patients; this year they hope to open five more.

People can support Daffodil Day 2012 by volunteering on Daffodil Day or organising a Daffodil Day event in their community or workplace. They can also buy a daffodil or Daffodil Day merchandise or donate and plant a virtual daffodil at www.gardenofhope.ie

For more information on how to get involved, visit www.cancer.ie