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Irish Cancer Society

The Daffodil official logo of the ICS

The Irish Cancer Society is the national charity in the Ireland dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, and improving the lives of those living with cancer (charity number CHY5863).[1]

The Society was founded in 1963 and is financed entirely by voluntary contributions from the public and receives no government funding; it is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland. The three core services of the Society are: patient care, education and research.[2]

The Society is governed by a Board of directors composed of leading medical, scientific and business persons. The Board is also advised by two expert committees in medical and financial matters[3]

Daffodil Day

The largest single fund-raising activity of the Irish Cancer Society is the annual Daffodil Day. It is responsible for 12% of all income[4]

History of Daffodil Day

The first Daffodil Day in Ireland was held in 1988, led by President of the Irish Cancer Society, Professor Austin Daragh and the CEO, Mr Tom Hudson. Mr Charles Cully had been President of the Society from 1984–1987 and he was inspired by the Canadian Daffodil Day. Daffodil Day has been held in Ireland every year since and it has become a major annual event.[5] In 2008 approximately 4 million euro was collected.

The Daffodil became the logo of the Irish Cancer Society in 2001 and has also become the Canadian Cancer Society logo. In effect it is becoming an international symbol for Cancer and Daffodil Days are now held in the US, Australia and other countries. It started in 1957 when a volunteer in Canada by the name of Fran Shannon, started selling Daffodils to collect money during a fundraisning event for the CCS.[6]

How monies raised from Daffodil Day are allocated

The ICS has several sources of income, with Daffodil day as their single largest fundraising event by income. The money raised by the ICS is spent on research, funding support-groups, informing the public and to fund the fundraising events[7]

  • A free cancer helpline with a team of specialist cancer nurses offer support and advice
  • Free home care nursing service
  • Night Nursing for families who are nursing a seriously ill relative with cancer at home
  • Hospital based cancer liaison nurses
  • Child psychology and play therapy services
  • Cancer Nurse Education

Dell main sponsor

Since 2011 Dell is the main corporate sponsor for Daffodil day. Many Dell employees from the Dell offices in Cherrywood and Limerick support the event. In 2012 over 500 Dell employees in Ireland supported the campaign: not only on the day itself, but also in the weeks before by assisting the ICS in their Dublin based warehouse to send out the merchandise to all companies and organisations that support Daffodil day[8]


In the area of education the Society provides educational bursaries to nurses who undertake the Higher Diploma in cancer and Palliative Care Nursing. The Irish Cancer Society is also committed to the continuing education of non-specialised nurses caring for cancer patients through a five-day educational programme which is intended as an introduction to the concept of cancer nursing.

Shave Or Dye Campaign

Ray D'Arcy's Shave Or Dye Campaign helps raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.[9] The Campaign's instigator, Gill Waters was presented with a People of the Year Award in 2012 for her work with this campaign.[10]


External links

  • Irish Cancer Society official website
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