Daffodil Centres are an Irish Cancer Society initiative to provide cancer information, support and advice in local hospitals to anyone affected by or concerned about cancer. KPMG people along with friends and clients supported the fundraising initiative through their annual Denis O’Connor Walking Festival. The festival, named after a former managing partner who died from cancer, took place in September. The fundraising incorporated a myriad of activities including cake sales, raffles, quiz nights, running marathons and climbing mountains to help meet the fundraising target.
Daffodil Centres are open to all, no referral or appointment is necessary: cancer patients (in-patients and out-patients), family members and the general public can come in and get information, including Cancer prevention and early detection diagnosis, cancer treatments and related side-effects, palliative care services, support and psychological care and practical entitlements and services available.
On reaching the target, Terence O’Rourke, Managing Partner, KPMG said, “I am delighted that we have reached our fundraising target of €125,000 in support of a new Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centre at the Mater Hospital in Dublin. This very ambitious target, which we gave ourselves 12 months to achieve, has been met ahead of time. The Centre will make a very real and lasting difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families.”
John McCormack, CEO, Irish Cancer Society said, “We were delighted to receive support from KPMG to deliver a Daffodil Centre in the Mater Hospital. The Daffodil Centres provide vital information and support to cancer patients and their friends and families and this service comforts and empowers people to face their cancer journey head on.”
McCormack continued, “The centre will help thousands of people each year and KPMG have made this possible by raising such a significant sum, €125,000, in a short space of time. We know that this has meant huge commitment and dedication from everyone at KPMG and on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society I thank you. Your support is making a real difference in the lives of those with, and affected by, cancer. We could not do this without you. Thank you.”