It’s not your standard decor – a pink toilet sitting outside local residences and businesses. But it draws attention and that’s the goal of the “Circle of Friends” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
The pink toilet will be traveling around town to homes and businesses as a tool to raise money for the 2011 Relay for Life campaign.
Should the pink toilet wind up on your doorstep, a $10 donation will have it removed. To keep it from coming back again, $30 buys “toilet insurance” to guarantee it not to return. A $20 donation will send it to someone else’s residence or business, and the joy of this fundraiser is to raise money to fight cancer.
The pink potty idea was one that “Circle of Friends” team member Judy Ward found while searching the Relay for Life fundraising website.
“Nobody had ever done this (here) and most people think it’s hilarious,” Ward said. “We started around 3 p.m. on Tuesday and the pink potty has gone to Roger Schott’s office, Cumberland Valley bank, Kentucky State Police, the jail, the sheriff’s office, L&N, and now to Corbin and Williamsburg. It’s supposed to come back to London today (Thursday) to some attorneys’ offices and other places.”
The fundraising idea has raised a lot of money for Ward’s team of 25 members, including children who have written letters to their friends and family members to bring awareness and raise money for this year’s campaign. Ward said the fundraiser started during Spring Break and will continue on evenings and weekends until June.
The pink potty will be on display this weekend at the Kroger store on Ky. 192 while the team conducts a bake sale, face painting and sells chances on donated items.
Cancer has touched nearly every family in one form or another. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to raising money to help battle this devastating disease that affects millions of Americans each year.
The Relay for Life walk will take place on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. until Sat., June 4 at 7 a.m. at the Laurel-London Optimist Sports Center on Ky. 1535 off West Ky. 80. For a $5 donation, luminaries can be purchased in memory of someone who lost their battle with cancer or in hope of someone who survived cancer.
“We’d also like to invite anyone who has survived cancer to participate in the Survivor Walk,” Ward said.
For more information on this year’s Relay for Life or to donate, contact Judy Ward at (606) 231-3050.
Staff Writer Nita Johnson can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com