We chose the lollipop as our charity’s symbol because we want to raise awareness and educate the public that difficulty swallowing is one of the key symptoms of Oesophageal Cancer.
We simply cannot make the difference we do, without our immensely successful nationwide annual fundraising days, known as Lollipop Day. Every Springtime, generally end of February or early March, we take to the nations’ streets with our enthusiastic army of volunteers -of all ages- generously offering their time and energy helping us bring the good fight to a bad cancer.
Across 48 hours, a hot-pink phenomenon occurs, an outpouring of goodwill, sharing, fun and commitment as our team work tirelessly selling €3 lollipops. Our volunteers inform about the symptoms, while they raise much-needed funds, provide a bright spot and a sweet treat to members of the public.
Lollipop Day 2020 falls across Friday February 28th and Saturday February 29th. We’re already starting our planning for this key fundraising event. There are so many exciting opportunities to involve yourself in Lollipop Day; they’re as easy as contacting our Events and Fundraising Manager, Anne: firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 454 2713.
Businesses, retailers and schools can support the OCF by holding Lollipop Day events and/or by selling lollipops on their premises. The support of retailers such as SuperValu, Aldi and Dunnes Stores allows our volunteers to collect in their stores at designated times.
We’re also hugely grateful to local community groups who offer support organising events such as coffee mornings, bake-offs, community games, and more.
The above is an example of our successful Public Awareness Campaign for 2019.