Today is Daffodil Day in Ireland! Unfortunately The Irish Cancer Society has taken the decision to cancel all Daffodil Day street collections and events that were scheduled for Friday, 27 March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus.
What is Daffodil Day?
`Daffodil Day is the Irish Cancer Society’s biggest fundraiser, taking place each year in March and raising millions of euro to support cancer patients and their loved ones by providing free advice and support, as well as by funding life-saving cancer research.
On Daffodil Day, thousands of volunteers take to the streets selling flowers and daffodil pins to collect funds for the fight against cancer. Many others organise coffee mornings and other fundraising events in their homes, local communities, and workplaces.
Daffodil Day is a day for us all to give hope to people affected by cancer. Funds raised during our Daffodil Day campaign are used across the country to help the 40,000 people who will hear the words “you have cancer” each year. ` – source: www.cancer.ie
Daffodils as one of the first spring flowers fight with frost, snow and wind. Already in ancient times, daffodil was a symbol of hope for a new life – rebirth, probably because today it has become a symbol of hope in the fight against cancer. In the Christian tradition, daffodil is a symbol of the triumph of dedication over selfishness, love over death, and at the same time fragility and elusiveness of life.
History of Daffodil Day
Daffodil Day originated in Canada six decades ago. The Canadian Cancer Society began using the daffodil in the 1950s. The Irish Cancer Society was founded by Professor Austin Darragh, officially coming into existence in 1963. The first Irish Daffodil Day was organized by Professor Darragh and Society CEO Tom Hudson in 1988. The day quickly became an annual March tradition. In 2001, the daffodil was adapted as our main logo.
Daffodil Day in County Carlow
The initiator of the action in County Carlow, from 2011, is the Cancer Support Center Carlow, which works in cooperation with the Irish Cancer Society.
Every year on Daffodil Day in Carlow town you can meet volunteers selling daffodils flowers and daffodils gadgets. They are always next to Carlow Post office, in front of Haddens Shopping Centre on Tullow street, in Carlow Shopping Centre and in Fairgreen Shopping Centre.
Bellow some my photos from Daffodils Day in Carlow town from 2016 – 2019.