Melanoma Trust

In Memory of Sharon Rice O’Beirne


Daffodil Day Launch

Date: Tues, 10th February 2009
Location: Burlington Hotel

Maria Rice, Colm Murray and Bernie Rice

Maria Rice, Colm Murray and Bernie Rice

On the 10th of February Maria and Bernie went to the launch of Daffodil Day held by The Irish Cancer Society in the Burlington Hotel. Around 400 volunteers in total met up to show their support for the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day on 20th March.

On arrival, tea and coffee were laid out as people signed in and were greeted by members of the Irish Cancer Society and mingled with other volunteers. Maria and Bernie chatted with Ian, Jane and Edel from the ICS, all of whom we have had meetings with previously relating to our fund-raising.

The events of the day started with CEO John Mc Cormack enthusiastically welcoming everyone to the launch day. He then introduced the main speaker of the day, Professor Tom Keane. Professor Keane’s speech took the congregation through the complex and somewhat controversial National Cancer Control Programme. In summary, his goal was to get Ireland into the top 10-15% of top performing countries in terms of cancer care but this would take many years.

Back to the stage, John McCormack spoke about his main concerns going into 2009 for the ICS. Along with the unavoidable reality of the economic downturn having an effect on fund-raising, specifically effecting the provision of night nurses for cancer patients at the end stages of the illness, he told of the urgent need to recruit more people on the ground supporting the ICS Daffodil Day fund-raising events. He also claimed some staggering statistics such as 25,000 people would develop some form of cancer this year alone and also that 1 in 3 people would suffer from cancer within their lifetimes.

Following these speeches, a photocall was held with Colm Murray and Bill O’Herlihy from RTE with the volunteers. A four course lunch was then served up while speakers such as Pat Falvey, adventurer, motivational speaker and author, Health Minister Mary Harney and the impressions guy from Nob Nation all held the mike for a short while.

Unfortunately, Maria and Bernie had to leave to return to work just after the main meal but had the pleasure of meeting Madelain and Daragh from Malahide who had volunteered for Daffodil Day and seemed to be very supportive in our campaign for skin cancer. All in all, an interesting day…..

Filed under : Melanoma Trust News
By Maria
On 10 February, 2009
At 8:00 pm
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