Thursday 29 September 2016

Nine ways you can do your best to support Daffodil Day

Published 10/03/2016 | 21:39

Hundreds of events will be held in support of The Irish Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day, a fundraising campaign which raises vital funds which go directly to providing information, care and support to those with and affected by cancer.

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While thousands of volunteers will take to the streets, daffodils in hand, there are other ways in which you can support the charity on the day throughout the country.

Visit the Garden of Hope

Thousands of daffodils with messages of hope and remembrance will form a garden from 8am in the Iveagh Gardens off Dublin’s Harcourt Street. The public are invited to come to along on Daffodil Day and plant their message, and enjoy the garden.

Pick up a coffee

Coffee is a daily necessity for many of us, but your cup could mean a lot for The Irish Cancer Society today as hundreds of businesses around the country host coffee mornings in support of the campaign.

In Limerick, pick up a coffee in Eason’s of O’Connell Street, where a coffee morning is being held to celebrate Daffodil Day, while in Cork popular pubs The Oliver Plunkett and Rearden’s Bar will host coffee events from 8am-11am with all proceeds going directly to the campaign.

Picking up a cuppa in Galway’s Dock 1 or the Connaght Hotel is just one of the many ways to support Daffodil Day, while in Dublin’s Donabate, Newbridge House and Farm will be holding an event to raise vital funds.

Pay a visit to ‘Daff’ Man

Irish Cancer Society volunteer James Gilleran is the original ‘Daff Man’ and he will be returning this year to spend the day in his special suit of Daffodils using his powers of fundraising for good on Dublin's O’Connell Street all day.

Have a cocktail

Can you think of a more delightful way to support Daffodil Day than having a few merry cocktails to celebrate the weekend? Mullingar’s Fence Club has crafted a Daffodil Day-inspired cocktail ‘The Lemon Meringue’, and all proceeds raked in from the bevvie this week will go directly to The Irish Cancer Society.

Get your yoga mat out

Get your zen on in Dublin’s Lucan today while supporting Daffodil Day! Ballyowen Castle Community Centre will be hosting a Yoga morning in aid of the society on Friday from 11am-12pm with all proceeds going to support Daffodil Day.

Check out the lights

The Bank of Ireland on College Green in the heart of Dublin city is lighting up yellow for Daffodil Day this evening, while locals Mullingar and Drogheda might want to consider wearing sunnies today as the towns celebrate the occasion with dozens of Daffodil Day displays in the shop windows of local businesses.

Get your Flower Power on (Daffodils of course!)

Thousands of volunteers will be out in their numbers today selling pins and daffodils in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

Storm Troopers from the 501st Legion will be selling daffodils on Grafton Street, while in Westport Co Mayo, a flower-packed caravan will be doing its bit outside Supervalu in the town.

On Saturday Cork’s fire brigade will be outside Brown Thomas, daffodils at the ready. In Aldi Stores throughout the country, €1 from every bunch of Irish daffodils sold will go directly to The Irish Cancer Society on Friday.

Get the hashtag going

The Society will be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Storify on Daffodil Day if you’d like to share any stories, pictures or messages on the day.

They’re encouraging people to post on the ICS’s Facebook page, tag Irish Cancer Society, and share.

Those on Twitter or Instagram can tweet and retweet to @IrishCancerSoc and use the hashtag #DaffodilDay.

Donate!

It’s super easy to do your bit for Daffodil Day!

All you need to do is buy a daffodil pin from one of the thousands of volunteers around the country or call 1850 60 60 60. You can also text DAFF to 50300 to donate €4 to the campaign. Donations can be made online at www.cancer.ie or you can download the Daffodil Day app.

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