Friday, 21st July 2017
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The Society has rescheduled the Heritage Walk that was to be held on Wednesday 7 June and was postponed due to weather. It will now take place on Wednesday 28 June with a starting time of 7.15 pm. This will be the first of the Society’s Summer Heritage Walks. The walk will commence from the Passage East Community Centre and will take a route to Crooke and return to Passage East. This route has a rich heritage as it was used by several English Kings for their landing in Ireland. The Knights Templars also had a base at Crooke. This is not just a very interesting walk but a staggeringly beautiful one too.

Waterford had a hugely successful and wonderful Daffodil Day on Friday March 24 th when we raised approximately €75,000 which was €7,000 up on what was achieved last year. This event started planning in early January involved over 200 committee members, event leaders and volunteers organising coffee mornings, local fundraising events and culminating in a very successful Daffodil Day on Friday 27th March. There are a large number of venues in and around Waterford that contributed to the final figure raised. We had locations in Tramore, Dunmore East, Passage East, Kilmacthomas, Portlaw, Kilmeaden, Piltown, Kilmacow, Ferrybank and 11 locations in Waterford City. We thank most sincerely the retail outlets who gave us permission on the day to collect on their premises and have done for a long number of years. They include Tesco Ardkeen, Poleberry and Tramore, Supervalu Hypermarket, Kilbarry and Tramore , Aldi Cork Road and Ferrybank, Ardkeen Stores, City Square, George’s Court , Waterford University Hospital and The Medical Centre. There are also many smaller independent retailers who have collection boxes on their premises all of which goes to making up the final figure. Many factories make collections on the day including Bausch & Lomb, Genzyme, Hasbro and many others. Clubs and schools also play their part and their involvement is very important to the event by including the youth amongst us. The growing number of volunteers is very important in the running of Daffodil Day itself and without their support this tremendous figure of €75,000 would not be achieved. Many of these volunteers have being doing this for many years and their experience and expertise is invaluable while everyone who gets involved and participates has a lot of fun and enjoyment knowing that this is all going to a very deserving cause and people in great need. Finally we all are very grateful to Adam Greene and his team at Killowen Orchards in Portlaw who packed over 6,000 bunches of fresh daffodils for the event along with other members of the public who donated many bunches of daffodils to the event in their own town or area. We are very grateful to you the general public who donated so generously as always and have made Daffodil Day one of the biggest fundraising days in the Waterford calendar.Pictured are Des Daunt, Chairman and Waterford Daffodil day Committee and volunteers presenting a cheque for 75'000 Euros, the proceeds of this years Daffodil Day event.Receiving the cheque was Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society.

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