Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Spring begins when purple ribbons pop up around Moncks Corner and Pinopolis. The ribbons herald the return of the Relay for Life Walk, set for April 26.
“Purple is the international color for cancer awareness and the foundation behind the purple ribbons,” said Relay for Life volunteer and purple ribbon designer Georgie Ford.
Ford said this year’s Relay for Life Walk format will change slightly. No longer will the walk cover the standard 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. 12-hour overnight period. Instead, the start time will bump up two hours to 5 p.m. and the event will end at 2 a.m.
“We changed it up this year hoping to get more people to stay for the full event,” Ford said. “In recent years most everybody went home around 2 a.m. instead of staying the full 12 hours.”
More activities are planned this year to fill the nine-hour walk.
“Everything’s new,” Ford said. “Plus, we have Deyond the DJ back.”
Moncks Corner has earned some fundraising bragging rights, Ford said, ranking third in the state in Relay for Life fundraising behind Greenville and Spartanburg. “This is just tiny little Moncks Corner,” she said. “And we’re holding our own with these much bigger cities.”
In addition to great entertainment the event will feature some of the best food found anywhere so walkers are encouraged to arrive hungry. “We’ll have great food and all proceeds go to benefit Relay for Life,” Ford said.
Purple ribbons are still on sale and can be purchased at Crafts Plus and Moncks Corner Florist for $10.