TODAY IS THE Irish Cancer Society’s 30th Daffodil Day.
To mark the day that seeks to raise awareness and funds, more than 2,000 volunteers will be selling daffodils, badges and pins.
Hundreds more are organising events like coffee mornings and cake sales in communities across Ireland to raise funds to support people affected by cancer.
According to the Irish Cancer Society, 150 people will receive a cancer diagnosis in Ireland on one day, and over 40,000 people will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ by the end of 2017.
The Irish Cancer Society aims to raise over €3 million on Daffodil Day to fund research and to provide information, care and support services to help those facing cancer.
Former US President @billclinton lending his support today on #DaffodilDay in Dublin! pic.twitter.com/ymI2YJYboT
— Irish Cancer Society (@IrishCancerSoc) March 24, 2017
Here are just some of the events that have been taking place across the country.
Garden of Hope, Iveagh Gardens: Thousands of daffodils with messages of hope and remembrance are being planted in the Iveagh Gardens off Harcourt Street.
‘Daff Man’ James Gilleran is dressed up in his special daffodil suit on O’Connell Street as he collects funds on Daffodil Day. James is a longstanding Daffodil Day supporter having been closely affected by cancer in his personal life.
Can we get a round of applause for this guy on O'Connell Street doing his bit for #DaffodilDay all in aid of @IrishCancerSoc #DublinTown pic.twitter.com/gfpNThcMUH
— DublinTown (@DublinTown) March 24, 2017
A vintage fire truck is outside Brown Thomas in Cork city, as members of the fire brigade play their part in supporting Daffodil Day.
The Viking Splash boat is decked out in fresh daffodils and balloons outside the Gaiety Theatre from 10.30am to 5pm as part of the Daffodil Day celebrations.
Today we're parked up on South King Street, all decked out in support of Daffodil Day! If you haven't gotten your daffodil yet, why not come up to our vehicle and buy one from one of the surrounding daffodil sellers? #daffodilday #vikingsplash #irishcancersociety
Drogheda is turning yellow for Daffodil Day as businesses throughout the town will be adopting the shade of the daffodil for the fifth year in a row.
Drogheda is awash with yellow this morning. Well done to everyone out collecting for #DaffodilDay @IrishCancerSoc #louthchat
— Catherine Fox (@catsdaly) March 24, 2017
Hundreds of volunteers are out collecting for #daffodilday
We'll hear from some of them in my report on @TodayFMNews at 1 pic.twitter.com/hfGBAxOw1f
— Nicole Gernon (@nicole_gernon) March 24, 2017
In Limerick, the Kemmy Business School in the University of Limerick is also hosting a special coffee morning to mark Daffodil Day again this year.
Great job by @BusinessAtUL #daffodilday pic.twitter.com/sgKGH1muyO
— Dan O Brien (@DanBlueChief) March 24, 2017
Staff at Aviva offices in One Park Place are holding a sponsored male leg and chest wax as part of their Daffodil Day activities.
No pain no gain for @IrishCancerSoc our v brave @AVIVAIRELAND men raising funds on #Daffodilday pic.twitter.com/wkOm7bL28y
— Breda Judge (@BJJudge) March 24, 2017
All proceeds from our Daffodil sales today goes to @IrishCancerSoc ! #daffodilday #Cork pic.twitter.com/RDyvKxc859
— Real Olive Company (@RealOliveCo) March 24, 2017
Later on, the Convention Centre is lighting up yellow in a show of support for Daffodil Day.
If you’re interested in supporting Daffodil Day, there’s a number of ways to do it:
- Buy a daffodil or Daffodil Day merchandise from a volunteer in your community
- Make a secure donation online
- Text Daff to 50300 to donate €4 [*(The Irish Cancer Society will receive a minimum of €3.25. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278)]
- Share your pic on social media using the hashtag #DaffodilDay.