Daffodil Day a washout as charity counts cost
THE IRISH Cancer Society is counting the cost after terrible weather conditions hit its largest annual fundraiser, Daffodil Day.
And it warned that it would struggle to continue to provide the same level of services in 2014 as a result.
Many town centres were deserted as people stayed indoors and the society appealed to businesses in Dublin city centre to take a box of daffodils to sell over the weekend.
The charity said that early indications showed that funds collected from street sellers around the country were significantly lower than previous years.
It is now unlikely it will meet its ambitious target of €3.4m.
John McCormack, chief executive of the society, appealed to members of the public who hadn't already bought a daffodil to donate money online at www.cancer.ie.
"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," he said.
"Unfortunately the bad weather has had a disastrous effect on the fundraising day and many of our volunteers and supporters have been driven indoors due to the bad weather."
He said without a successful Daffodil Day, the society would struggle to provide the same level of care, support and information services next year.
Among those braving the weather to fundraise were service users and staff from WALK, an organisation that supports people with disabilities. It had renovated a traditional Irish turf cart and loaded it with daffodils, which was pulled by a donkey along Grafton Street.
"It was just a complete disaster from a weather point of view and it's most disappointing for the Irish Cancer Society," said WALK spokesman Declan Murray.