Erin Smith Staff writer
May 1, 2014
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Relay for Life event is set to get under way tonight at the Elizabethtown Middle School athletic field with set up beginning at 11 a.m. and the event will end at about 11 a.m. Saturday.
Highlights of the Relay for Life event will include a survivor reception under the tent at 5:30 p.m. followed by a survivors’ lap at 6:30 p.m. Each survivor will be presented with a T-shirt. There will also be a caregivers’ lap and the luminary ceremony will take place at 9 p.m.
One of the most unique fundraisers featured this year featured a painted toilet that was left mysteriously on the lawns of unsuspecting folks around Bladenboro.
Jessica Inman, one of the team members, said the idea was similar to the infamous pink flamingos that some churches have used in the past.
Inman said she thought of the idea and called her mom and asked her where she could get a toilet. Inman said she started her fundraiser idea with one toilet that she painted purple and planted flowers in it. Now, it has grown to nine toilets and some stealthy planning, a white van, and group of merry makers who support the cause of Relay for Life.
“We take it to your yard and drop it off,” said Inman.
There are instructions that accompany the purple toilet letting the victim know what is taking place. Inman said that for $30 the victim can buy “toilet insurance” which “keeps it from coming back to your yard.” Pay $10 and the toilet will be taken away, and for a $20 contribution, the toilet goes to a friend of the victim, according to Inman.
“People get so excited when we drop it off,” said Inman. “People in Bladenboro have been so supportive.”
Inman said members of the “potty patrol” include Sarah Jane Benson, Rita Benson, Martha Benson, Claudette Guy, Ashley Norris, Pam Cain, Jeff Hammonds, Waden Norris and Inman.