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Daffodil Day collections down 50 per cent - but you can still help

Can’t make it out in the bad weather to donate money for Daffodil Day? Here are four ways you can donate to the Irish Cancer Society right now.

Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day volunteers, braving the rain to help raise vital funds for those with, and affected by cancer, in Ireland.
Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day volunteers, braving the rain to help raise vital funds for those with, and affected by cancer, in Ireland.
Image: Irish Cancer Society

DAFFODIL DAY STREET collections are down more than 50 per cent on last year – but you can still donate, no matter where you are.

With weather conditions being bad around the country, the annual collection day for the Irish Cancer Society has been greatly affected. However, there are still a number of ways you can donate, and lessen the gap between the 2012 collection and today.


Initial indications show that funds being collected from street sellers around the country for Daffodil Day are significantly lower than previous years, at more than 50 per cent down. If this continues, it will make it unlikely that the Irish Cancer Society will reach its ambitious target of €3.4million.

Without a successful Daffodil Day, the society said it “will struggle to continue to provide the same level of care, support and information services in 2014″.

If you would like to donate, here’s how you can help:

How you can support Daffodil Day:

Some businesses and shops may also still have daffodils for sale. There are generally around 4,000 volunteers out collecting on the day, but this too was affected by the inclement weather.

The spokesperson said that the feedback coming back from those collecting on the streets was that people were giving generously – but there simply hasn’t been enough people out on the streets to donate.


Tribute was paid to the volunteers who went out in the rain, wind and downpours in order to collect.

John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said:

“I would like to send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to our volunteers and supporters, around the country, who braved the cold and wet to collect or donate for Daffodil Day today. Unfortunately the bad weather has had a disastrous event on the fundraising day and many of our volunteers and supporters have been driven indoors due to the bad weather.

The society is now appealing those who didn’t get to buy a daffodil to show their support by giving money online or via one of the ways listed above.

Funds raised on Daffodil Day by thousands of volunteers across Ireland go directly to providing information, care and support to those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.

The National Cancer Helpline is available at freefone 1800 200 700.

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