Cancer charity's daffodils will put a spring in your step
IT'S Daffodil Day, but the message for those in search of fresh flowers is to buy early to avoid disappointment.
The Irish Cancer Society said yesterday that it has been unable to quantify by how much the supply of daffodils has fallen this year because of a bitterly cold winter and the late arrival of spring, but it is a significant drop.
Over 3,000 volunteers will be selling fresh and silk flowers, and daffodil pins, nationwide today as the society aims to raise funds.
"Cold weather has stunted the growth of daffodils across the country and many of our volunteers who have always grown and sourced their own daffodils cannot meet the demand this year for Daffodil Day," Jill Clark, the group's head of fundraising, confirmed yesterday.
"However, we hope that even if there is not the usual supply of fresh daffodils on Daffodil Day, that the Irish public will support Daffodil Day in aid of free patient care services and buy our silk daffodils and daffodil pins."
It is understood that, despite the significant problems for volunteer sellers around the country, the €4m fundraising target will remain.
"During 2009, our specialist cancer nurses supported over 19,000 callers to our National Cancer Helpline," John McCormack, the society's chief executive, said.