Monday, February 25, 2013
They don’t seek gratification. Or even thanks. That’s not why they do what they do – these selfless volunteers who give of their free time to help others. That’s just not how they are made. Take longtime Berkeley Stags and Moncks Corner fan Georgie Ford. She is reluctant to even talk about the work she does for Relay for Life, her church, her town, and her beloved Berkeley Stags. “This isn’t about me,” said the grandmother and lifelong Moncks Corner resident. “It’s never been about me. It’s all about the kids.” The purple ribbons appearing around town serve as a reminder that it’s Relay for Life time again. Ford makes each ribbon individually and hangs them from the front porches and mailboxes of local homes and businesses. Each year Ford heads up the “Paint Pinopolis and Moncks Corner Purple” campaign for Relay for Life. “I’ll make any type of ribbon you want,” she said as she assembled a double red and purple ribbon for Valentine’s Day. Ford’s true love, though, is for her Berkeley Stags. “I love my Stags, but it’s not just the Stags,” Ford is sure to clarify, “but St. John’s, too. I love Moncks Corner and all the kids who live here.” Ford tells a joke about a possible town council resolution to rename the town of Moncks Corner. “I tell everyone, the town council passed a resolution to rename Moncks Corner Ellingtontown,” she laughs. “You know, for Andre and Bruce.” Ford loves both equally, former Stags and current Gamecock and Tiger. She will wear the colors of both proudly, garnet or orange, or both if South Carolina happens to be playing Clemson. “Andre and Bruce have both done Moncks Corner so proud,” she said. Now, getting back to her Stags, Ford has not missed a single game, football or baseball, her two favorite sports, in 12 years. “Every game for the past 12 years, I’m there,” she said. And when she’s attending games, she doesn’t just take a seat and root on her team. She’s busy hours before kickoff blowing up balloons, putting up signs, and doing everything she can to make the game as memorable for the kids as possible. “It’s all about the kids,” she said. “That’s why I do this, it’s for the kids. I love the kids.” Ford’s Friday night efforts don’t go unnoticed. “In the short time that I have been here and in the short time I’ve gotten to know Georgie, she has always been positive and willing to do anything to help out,” said Berkeley Athletic Director Jeff Cruce. “She always has positive and kind things to say to the kids and is always busy helping out before games.” She is what volunteering is all about and this is the mark of a true fan,” Cruce added. “She is Berkeley’s true number one fan.”
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