UCD Rugby, sponsored by EY Ireland, has announced details of their fundraising drive to raise vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day. UCD Rugby made the announcement at the UCD Bowl yesterday with Collidge players past and present from Irish Rugby and Leinster Rugby, members of both the current UCD RFC Men’s and Women’s teams, and second year students from the UCD BSc Sport & Exercise Management programme.
Over the past 7 year’s UCD Rugby has held its annual Daffodil Day collection, in aid of Irish Cancer Society, and we are proud that in that time we have raised over €70,000 of vital funds for Cancer Research.
On Thursday March 2nd we will be asking for your support once again and will be throughout UCD campus looking for donations. There will also be an online donation element kept this year, for those who may not be on campus, and we will be asking that you support us in our drive to raise vital funds for Irish Cancer Society.
Averil Power, CEO Of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “We are grateful to UCD Rugby Club for the incredible effort that they’ve put in every year to run Daffodil Day on the UCD campus. We are also so grateful to our wonderful partners in EY for their support. The Irish Cancer Society only gets three percent of our funding from the State. Therefore, we have to raise over twenty-five million euro every year to fund all of our free nursing, counselling and peer support, as well as our life-saving and life-changing research. We genuinely couldn’t provide all of the vital services that we do without the support of UCD Rugby Club and EY.”
Brian Gilsenan, President of UCD Rugby Club, said: “We are delighted to help fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society and to receive the support to do so from our lead sponsor EY. We are proud to help fundraise for a charity which provides the greatest support to cancer patients and their families and to help expand their amazing work.It has also been great to expand our partnership with EY by working to increase our social impact together.
Graham Reid, EY Ireland Partner and Head of Markets, said :“EY are so very proud to support UCD RFC’s fundraising drive for The Irish Cancer Society, which is also EY Ireland’s Charity Partner. The Irish Cancer Society is an incredible community of patients, survivors, volunteers, supporters, health, social care professionals and researchers offering free care, advice and support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Their vision is that, by 2025, three out of every four cancer patients in Ireland will survive their diagnosis and, in future, no one in Ireland will die from the disease. We in EY want to play our part in helping them achieve that vision through fundraising and raising awareness of the signs, symptoms, and importance of early detection with all our people.”
Lola Cavaller (UCD Women’s Rugby), Acting UCD President Professor Mark Rogers, Alaïs Diebold (UCD Women’s Rugby). Credit Dominic Coyle
Acting UCD President Professor Mark Rogers was also supporting the event and received his daffodil day pin from UCD Women’s Rugby players Lola Cavaller (left) and Alaïs Diebold (right) over looking the main lake.