It's Daffodil Day today in Donegal and across Ireland - an important fundraising event for the Irish Cancer Society. 

Volunteering teams will be out in force in local towns selling daffodils, pins, socks and more. The goal is to turn Ireland yellow and selfies are encouraged to spread the word on social media:

Every 3 minutes a person in Ireland get a cancer diagnosis, and in Donegal 986 people were diagnosed with cancer in twelve months.

Daffodil Day, proudly supported by Boots Ireland, takes place on March 23rd and is a crucial fundraiser in the fight against cancer.

Volunteers calling on Donegal to go Yellow this Daffodil Day. Photo Clive Wasson

Funds raised are vital for supporting cancer patients through local nursing and hospital transportation.

Last year 170 nights of nursing care were provided for 45 cancer patients in Donegal. In order to provide services to people affected by cancer, the Irish Cancer Society needs to raise €4m nationally on Daffodil Day this year. A total of 422 journeys were facilitated by volunteer drivers for cancer patients in Donegal last year.

Averil Power, Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society reiterated the need for donations today , “Record numbers are turning to the Irish Cancer Society for crucial care and support. Only two per cent of our funding comes from the State. We are therefore hugely dependent on the generosity of the public on Daffodil Day to fund vital services such as Night Nursing.”

How to support Daffodil Day?

Buy a daffodil on 23 March, donate online or text Daff to 50300 to donate €4*.

*Text costs €4. Irish Cancer Society will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278