Potty plopped on property? Pay up to toss that toilet

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Relay for Life fundraiser aims to "Flush Out Cancer"

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A new idea to raise money to “flush out cancer” continues to float around the community.
A group of Galax-Carroll Relay for Life participants, Team Lifesavers, have been stealthily placing their plumbing-related fundraising tool in some high-traffic locations.
“Our team is made up of teenagers who are working in memory of those lost to cancer or in honor of those who have survived or are fighting now,” the accompanying documentation says. “Please help us by supporting our effort to ‘Flush Out Cancer.”
The annual relay raises money for the American Cancer Society.

The unique item, a brightly painted toilet, generates money with the promise that the landowner on whose property the potty is deposited will be relieved of it by making a donation in the fight against cancer.
A phone number included will lead to a Team Lifesaver house call to solve the victim’s plumbing difficulty.
With a $10 donation, the toilet will simply disappear. But, another $20 will pay for the “flush out cancer” yard decoration to be plopped in a friend’s yard.
Plus, $30 worth of “toilet insurance” will ensure the thing never graces the donor’s yard again.
This guerrilla fundraising device had already appeared at nine locations before it wound up at the home of Sheriff J.B. Gardner, coincidently just before the Carroll Sheriff’s Office Relay team began pulling pork to make 250 pounds of barbecue for its fund raiser scheduled for Friday.
“Great idea,” Gardner said about the toilet’s sudden appearance. “Wish it was mine, but it’s not.”
The Galax-Carroll Relay for Life will be held July 26-27 at Carroll County High School. The event starts at 6 p.m. on July 26.
As of July 12, at total of 35 teams (318 participants) had raised nearly $25,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to the event’s website.

Galax-Carroll Relay for Life to hold survivors' banquet

“Life’s Celebrations” is the theme of the Galax/Carroll County Relay for Life survivors’ banquet this year.
Organizers said that thanks to research provided through funds raised by Relay for Life activities, more survivors can enjoy more of “life’s celebrations.”
All cancer survivors and a caregiver from Galax and Carroll County are invited to the banquet July 24 at First United Methodist Church of Hillsville’s fellowship hall, 4-6 p.m. The church is at 225 Fulcher St.
The evening will include entertainment, door prizes, and a meal provided by local restaurants, businesses, and individuals.
Survivors and caregivers are also invited to the 2013 Relay for Life Walk on July 26 at Carroll County High School from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
After an opening ceremony, survivors will walk the first lap to begin the night of celebration. Caregivers will then walk a lap to be honored for the support they provide for those affected by cancer.
The event continues into the night, with entertainment, concessions, and fun activities.
For details about either event, contact Judy Beasley at (276) 733-8008.