Saturday 19 October 2019

Rush Daffodil Day thrives after 30 years and a grand tally of €1m+

Angela Byrne
Angela Byrne

One of the longest-running and most successful Daffodil Day committees is in the north Fingal town of Rush and after over 30 years supporting the Irish Cancer Society event, this local committee shows no sign of slowing down.

They have raised over €1 million for the cause over three decades and will add to that total again, this year.

Over 30 years collecting and the committee now has three generations of the same family working together to fund raise fir the cause. Mairead Minks one of the founder members has her daughter Maria Hand and grandson Charlie Hand helping on the day.

Committee spokesperson, Angela Byrne told the Fingal Independent: 'We have a full weekend of events planned on Daffodil Day, March 22, starting at 6.30am with the street collectors out and about.

'The Annual Coffee morning takes place in Martin's Shop from 9am until 12 noon.'

'Rush Running Group have a family fun run on Friday at 6.30pm at the Hatbox Park in memory of Michelle Herbert one of our committee who lost her battle with cancer.

'Sunday at 3pm the Daff Day Walk takes place at the sailing club and everyone is welcome. All participants get a gift sponsored by Derek Archer Flowers.'

Angelan said: 'The Garden of Hope is open in the Library from Tuesday March 19 for a week. You can 'Plant a Daff' in memory of a loved one or to show support for someone battling the disease.'

The Rush Daffodil Day committee member said they will keep going as long as there is a need to. She said: 'We have raised over one million euro over the last 30 years, we will continue the fight and we won't give up till cancer does.'

Fingal Independent