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Sunflower Day

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”

Helen Keller

sunflowerWhen writing those inspirational words, Helen Keller may not have been thinking about hospice, but her words beautifully capture some of the uniqueness of hospice care.

The “sunflower” not alone derives its name from its glorious shape and image, but from its special characteristic of tracking the sun. At sunrise, the faces of most sunflowers are turned towards the east. Over the course of the day, they move to track the sun from east to west, while at night they return to an eastward orientation, anticipating the new dawn.
The sunflower draws its strength by focusing on the light, not on the darkness. At Galway Hospice we aim to bring sunshine where there are clouds, warmth where there is chill, comfort where there is pain, solace where there is fear, no matter how fleeting the day.

The “flower” on a mature sunflower is actually a flower-head made up of hundreds of small flowers crowded together, but to the onlooker it’s just one flower. Like the sunflower, Galway Hospice is made of many individual parts, from members of staff through to donors and volunteers, all linked together by a single objective: to provide quality care and support to those confronted with the challenges and consequences of life-limiting illnesses.

Hospice care embraces the patient and their family, looking for the best in every situation, no matter how difficult it might be.

We, too, seek the sunshine ... it’s what sunflowers do.


The 2019 Hospice National Sunflower Days will take place on the 7th and 8th June 2019.

On these special days, thousands of bright yellow, life-inspiring Sunflowers --- recognised as the Hospice emblem --- will be sold throughout Ireland. All funds raised throughout Galway city and county will go directly towards funding the Galway Hospice Community Palliative Care, Day Care and Bereavement Support services which depend totally on voluntary contributions.

Can you generously spare just a few hours of your time on Friday 7th or Saturday 8th June?

We need as many volunteers as possible to sell Sunflowers in Galway city and throughout the county on behalf of Galway Hospice. You'll have fun meeting people - and you'll know you're supporting a terrific cause.

If you are interested in helping, please contact the Galway Hospice fundraising department on 091 770868 or email

All hospice services are provided free of charge to patients and families for as long as they are needed. Fundraising events such as Sunflower Days are extremely important to the Hospice to ensure the ongoing free availability of Hospice services to patients and families coping with the impact of life-limiting illnesses. Please help us to continue helping others.

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