Daffodil Day is taking place on this Friday and the Irish Cancer Society, lead partner, Dell and Kilkenny nentrepenur Bobby Kerr are appealing to lcoal businesses to come on board to bring Daffodil Day to their workplace and help people across Ireland affected by cancer.
Over 200 companies have already signed up to participate in Daffodil Day this year but the Society needs more businesses to get involved to ensure it can continue to provide its free services and support to people with cancer in Kilkenny. Last year three companies in County Kilkenny supported Daffodil Day.
Bobby said “40,000 people hear the dreaded words ‘you have cancer’ every year and last year I was one of them. I was diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck. Cancer is a very serious disease and has a major impact on your life. I couldn’t have gotten through my diagnosis without support. I know that Daffodil Day funds free nationwide services that provide support for those with cancer, and their families, all over Ireland. So please support Daffodil Day on Friday March 11th.”
40,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and as cancer incidence grows so does demand for the Irish Cancer Society’s services. Latest figures show that 704 people from Kilkenny were diagnosed with cancer in 2013. The overall target for Daffodil Day 2016 is to raise €3.5 million, funds that will be used by the Society to continue to provide its free nationwide services.
Commenting on the importance of businesses across Ireland to participate in this Campaign, Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society said; “Not only does taking part in Daffodil Day raise money for people affected by cancer, it is also a fun way for staff to come together to fight back against a disease that affects every family in Ireland. Doing Daffodil Day in your workplace offers a great opportunity for employee team building and can be hugely motivating for staff. vices and with the help of the business community this Daffodil Day.”
Night Nursing is one service funded by Daffodil Day. Seventy five percent of cancer patients wish to die at home surrounded by family, yet only 25% get to do so. The Irish Cancer Society provides the only night time care service for cancer patients in their own homes. In 2015 the Society’s nurses provided 7,956 nights of care to over 1,940 patients, 64 cancer patients in Kilkenny received 252 nights of care, this service is fully funded by the people of Ireland who consistently support the work of the Society. Registering is easy and can be done online www.cancer.ie/daffodildayatwork; Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 01 231 6625.