Cancer has taken family and frIends from us too soon and it has forced people the length and breadth of Ireland to dig deep and fight one of the scariest diagnoses a doctor can deliver.
The Irish Cancer Society has said that most cancer sufferers they speak to talk about a feeling of being alone, even during a time when they are surrounded by family and friends.
This year Today FM wants to make sure no one goes it alone and we want to go even further in our fight against cancer.
During September Today FM will Dare to Care and we want you to do the same.
We’ll push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, dare ourselves and be dared.
Let’s dare to dream of a future without cancer and raise vital funds to help those who are going through one of life’s loneliest journeys along the way.
Shave or Dye started us on this amazing journey. Together with you, our listeners, we’ve raised over €7million so it's clear that we are all willing to dig deep when it comes to the fight against cancer.
At Today FM, we’re going to dare our presenters to go the extra mile and for the entire month of September they’ll be up to all sorts, fundraising each and every day, and they want you to do the same!
It’s easy to get involved, simply create a Fundraising event (by yourself, with your mates or gather the entire community, the more the merrier!)
You can set a fundraising target and share your JustGiving page with your friends and family on social media to encourage them to dig deep and donate to your daring goal.
You can also text DARE TO 50300 to donate €4.00
Text costs €4. Irish Cancer Society will receive a minimum of €3.25. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.
So let's get out there during the month of September and dare our friends and family to care, have fun and fundraise for this fight back against cancer. Together we CAN make a difference.
We Dare to Care, do you?
Where the money goes
Incidence of cancer in Ireland is growing but more people are surviving cancer than ever before - 6 out of ten people, compared to 4 out of ten, 20 years ago.
The Irish Cancer Society is funding lifesaving research to improve methods of detection and treatment, providing information and support to those affected by cancer, and raising awareness of how cancer can be prevented.
The Irish Cancer Society are there for cancer patients and their families on every step of the cancer journey, providing information, support and care through a number of services:
- Over the course of 2016 the Society’s Night Nursing service provided 8,008 nights of care to 1,934 patients around the country. Night Nurses provide up to 10 nights of care for cancer patients who are at the end of their cancer journey, in their own home, during the last days of their life.
- The Volunteer Driver Service currently operates in 21 hospitals around the country and transports patients to and from their chemotherapy treatment. Nationally drivers clocked up 1,119,170 km as they facilitated 11,538 journeys for 1,162 patients. There are now over 1,000 volunteer drivers supporting the service.
- The Society granted €352,892 to cancer support centres around the country to facilitate counselling sessions for cancer patients and their families during and after their cancer journey.
- Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centres are based 13 hospitals around the country: Letterkenny General Hospital, Co. Donegal; University Hospital Waterford; Bon Secours Hospital, Cork; Cork University Hospital; Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin; St. James’s Hospital, Dublin; St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin; Tallaght Hospital, Dublin; University Hospital Galway; University Hospital Limerick; The Hermitage Medical Clinic, Lucan; St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin. The centres allows people affected by cancer to speak directly to a Cancer Nurse and to avail of information about cancer. A total of 38,562 contacts were made nationally with the Daffodil Centres.
- Our Freephone Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 answered 4,333 enquiries in 2016. The Nurseline is staffed by Cancer Nurses, Monday – Friday from 10am to 4pm, to provide confidential support and information to anyone affected by cancer.
If you have a dare in mind, need some help coming up with your dare or simply want to share your dare story, we want to hear from you. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch. We’re all in this together.
If you would like to get in touch with The Irish Cancer Society directly, you can email email@example.com or call 1850 606060.
Share your Dare
Now remember, don’t be a stranger! We want to see you before, during and after your dare. So share your story, photos, videos with us using the hashtag #DareToCare and you never know, one of the Today FM team could be calling you – looking to hear all about YOUR story!
So get in touch with us: