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  • Northside East

Coolock volunteers meet Miriam to support this year’s Daffodil Day

Sunday, 25th February, 2018 4:00pm
Coolock volunteers meet Miriam  to support this year’s Daffodil Day

Pictured at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day was Rose Sturgess, Boots Cancer Beauty Advisor; Coolock volunteers Maureen Monaghan, Ellie O’Reilly, Kay Hogan, Derry Brannigan, Rita Stone, RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan, Brid Lynn, Marion Lynch, Kathleen Murphy, Trish Crowe; and Averil P

Coolock volunteers meet Miriam  to support this year’s Daffodil Day

Pictured at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day was Rose Sturgess, Boots Cancer Beauty Advisor; Coolock volunteers Maureen Monaghan, Ellie O’Reilly, Kay Hogan, Derry Brannigan, Rita Stone, RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan, Brid Lynn, Marion Lynch, Kathleen Murphy, Trish Crowe; and Averil P

MIRIAM O’Callaghan is urging people of Dublin to dig deep this Daffodil Day to help the record number of people being diagnosed with cancer. 

The RTE broadcaster, who lost a sister to cancer, was speaking at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s 2018 Daffodil Day, which will take place on March 23.

There are currently 165,000 people living with cancer in Ireland and over 12 months 8,810 people in Dublin were diagnosed with the disease.

Miriam said: “Tragically a person dies from cancer every hour in Ireland, but for so many people there’s also great hope. 

“More people are surviving cancer now than ever before thanks to lifesaving research. Daffodil Day, proudly supported by Boots Ireland, is a day where we can all help fight back against cancer. 

Like so many Irish people, I have lost loved ones to cancer. I lost my precious sister Anne who was just 33 when she died.  

“On March 23 people of Dublin can help fund lifesaving research and crucial services to ensure cancer patients and their families are properly supported.” 

You can get involved now at www.cancer.ie

Minister for Health Simon Harris, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society Averil Power, RTE’s Aengus Mac Grianna, representatives from Boots Ireland and hundreds of Daffodil Day volunteers attended the launch. 

Ms Power appealed to the public to support cancer patients in the community.

“As the number of Irish people with cancer increases, record numbers are turning to the Irish Cancer Society for information, care and support,” she said.

“Only two per cent of our funding comes from the State. We are therefore hugely dependent on the generosity of the public to fund vital services used locally.

“Last year, the number of people using our Volunteer Driver Service to travel to chemotherapy appointments increased by 15 per cent. 

“A total of 3,639 journeys were covered for patients in Dublin. Our Night Nursing service provided 1,100 nights of care to terminally-ill patients locally in their own homes. None of this would be possible without strong support for Daffodil Day.”

Bernadette Lavery, managing director of Boots Ireland, said: “Colleagues in Dublin are excited to join with Daffodil Day volunteers to fight back against cancer this March 23. We see the effect cancer has on the lives of patients and families in the communities we serve, and we are determined to make a difference.”

 

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