Tomorrow, Friday 27th March 2015 is Daffodil Day a fundraising event for Ireland’s national cancer charity.
The daffodil flower is a symbol of strength and courage; it says “we will not give up” and had served as a logo of cancer awareness since the mid 1950’s.
The origins of daffodil day began when volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society used daffodils to decorate the tables at a fundraising tea event in Toronto. This led to the first daffodil day in the spring of 1957 which was then taken up by other cancer organisations around the world.
I have all ways loved the archaic name “Daffodowndilly” for a daffodil flower, as did A.A. (Alan Alexander) Milne in his lovely poem.
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead.”