Kildare’s Daffodil Day volunteers sought

309 people in Kildare contacted the Irish Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Service and over €33,880 in financial aid was provided to people in Kildare in 2010, it was outlined at the launch of Daffodil Day on Wednesday last.

309 people in Kildare contacted the Irish Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Service and over €33,880 in financial aid was provided to people in Kildare in 2010, it was outlined at the launch of Daffodil Day on Wednesday last.

The Irish Cancer Society is calling on all ‘budding’ Daffodil Day volunteers from Kildare to come out and collect on Friday 25th March as the Society aims to reach a target of €3.7 million to fund free nationwide patient care services.

This year’s Daffodil Day will take place across the country on Friday, 25th March and the Irish Cancer Society is calling on everyone in Kildare to come out and collect on the day at a location convenient to them. Further information on becoming a volunteer is available from the Daffodil Day team on CallSave 1850 60 60 60.

Speaking at the national launch of Daffodil Day on Wednesday 9th February John McCormack, CEO, Irish Cancer Society said “Ireland’s cancer rate is one of the highest in the world. One in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our life time and it is estimated that by 2020, 40,000 new cases will be diagnosed. Latest data from the National Cancer Registry shows that 29,775 people were diagnosed with cancer in Ireland in 2009, 896 of these people were from Kildare.These stark figures mean that there is an ever increasing demand for the direct patient care services provided by the Irish Cancer Society.

“We really need you, our wonderful volunteers, to make a great push this year. Effective cancer care for patients and families has to continue during these difficult economic times. Times are hard – so we must work harder to ensure that our vital patient services are not compromised. But we know that some people might not be able to give as much this year. We want the Irish public to know that we appreciate and need every donation, no matter what size because cancer is on the rise and we need every euro raised on Daffodil Day to help the thousands of people diagnosed every year. So if you have some time to spare, come out, join our bunch and collect with us. We need your help and I can guarantee you will really enjoy being involved,” Mr McCormack said.

Last year €3.3m was raised for Daffodil Day, with a ‘whopping’ €148,296 of this coming from the people in Co. Kildare. In 2010, the Irish Cancer Society provided the following direct patient care services in Kildare;

The society’s specialist cancer nurses supported 21,206 callers to our National Cancer Helpline (Freefone 1800 200 700) which was an increase up from 19,331 calls in 2009. 309 of these calls were from people in county Kildare in 2010.

It also provided 7,187 nights of care to almost 2,058 families in 2010 which was an increase up from 7,000 nights in 2009. 301 nights of care were provided in Co. Kildare at a cost of €105,350 in 2010.

Funding was provided for 16 Oncology Liaison Nurses in hospitals across the country to the value of €497,943. Eight of these nurses are employed in nearby Dublin.

Financial aid to the value of over €909,512. €33,880 was provided to people in county Kildare in 2010.

Travel2Care grants of €188,485 were administered to patients across Ireland, with €7,785 specifically going to patients in county Kildare. Travel2Care is a transportation assistance fund which has been made available by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) to patients travelling for cancer treatment and is administered by the Irish Cancer Society.

The Irish Cancer Society also distributed over 210,369 cancer information booklets and factsheets to people concerned about cancer.

The society also funded two Daffodil Centre’s; one in Kildare University Hospital and one in Beaumont Hospital Kildare. The Daffodil Centres are an extension of its Cancer Information Service and are there to provide information, advice and support to all those concerned or affected by cancer in the Hospital. The Irish Cancer Society wants to see these centres established in hospitals across Ireland and we are currently in discussions with five other hospitals about opening more Daffodil Centres in 2011.

Further information on becoming a volunteer is available from the Daffodil Day team on CallSave 1850 60 60 60.