Monday 25 March 2019

Rush marks 30 years of Daffodil Day

John Manning

Rush Daffodil group is 30 years old this year and is one of the longest established groups fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society.

To celebrate 30 years of giving, the group is hosting a weekend of events over the weekend of March 23.

Daffodil Day was launched in Ireland in 1988 to raise funds in the effort to fight cancer through a volunteer community. That year the Rush Branch was born.

The committee is this year celebrating its 30th year in existence. Through enormous volunteer efforts from the committee and the Rush community over €850,000 has been raised during those years through a variety of efforts.

It all started in 1988 with members of Rush Badminton club holding a raffle raising a sum of £189. In 1990 the group took to the streets, selling silks and pins and merchandise and this tradition together with the annual coffee morning has continued to date. In 1998 the Paddy Cole Dance Night was started to raise funds, this became a huge success and ran for six years. In 1999 the Golf Classic started, bringing in large sums of money for the cause, £12,000 and £14,000 on two consecutive years - it continues today.

The first sponsored walk took place in 2003 and 15 years later is still as popular an event as ever. In 2006 the Ladies Lunch event started and this is now the most popular event on the calendar for the 'ladies' of Rush. In 2008 the annual Christmas Swim raised funds for Daffodil Day, and this tradition has continued, we are now in our 10th year and funds raised at this event are nearly at €50,000.

Chairperson of the Committee, Angela Byrne said: 'The local committee are ever conscious that it's the supporters and not the organisers who deserve the praise, the people of Rush are generous beyond belief for each and every event that has been run under the banner of Rush Daffodil Day Committee. Our community voluntary group has worked for 30 years for a common cause, heightened in most cases by their own family/friend experience of cancer and a desire to see a cure found for this dreadful disease.'

Fingal Independent