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Rush Daffodil Day Celebrate 30 Years

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Rush Daffodil Day committee has been actively opperating for 30 years and is just as committed as ever. Newly appointed Chairperson, Angela Byrne told the County Leader that she got involved with the group through her good friend Derrie Carthy who was one of original committee. ‘Derrie lost her battle with cancer some years ago, but her spirit is always with me on Daff Day, giving me a chance to remember a special friend today.’

She continued, ‘the Daffodil group are well aware of how many good causes the business community of Rush support and cannot thank them enough for their continued support over the last 30 years. This year their Garden of Hope in the Library was sponsored by the Jones family business. The Garden of Hope was the idea of Michelle Herbert who lost her battle with cancer two years ago, it is a place to support a loved one who is battling the disease or remember a friend or family member who has lost their battle by planting a Daffodil in their name.’

She continued, ‘We had great support from the community including St Joseph’s Secondary School who turned the school ‘yellow’ for the day. Noel Ruigrok and family kept us supplied with Daffodils once again to sell on the day. The Ruigrok family have been supporting Daffodil Day for more years than Noel would like us to remember!!’

She concluded, ‘A great crowd of people turned out to participate in the 3/5k walk or run in aid of Daffodil Day. Amongst those was the new patron of the Sponsored Walk Derek Archer. Derek kindly sponsored a gift, which was given to everyone who attended the sponsored walk, a flower plant for everyone to bring home, a symbol of new growth and hope that we will beat this disease.’

Archer told the County Leader that “we will take a moment over the weekend to remember friends and fellow fundraisers who have lost the battle and in particular this year our former Chairperson Maureen McGee, but rest assured we will keep going for long as is needed. We won’t give up the fight until cancer does.’

Angela went on to thank the people of Rush who have surpassed themselves in their generosity once again this year. She said ‘a huge thank you to everyone who donated on the day, attended the coffee morning and particular thanks to our Mayor Mary McCamley for attending.’