By VICKI BROWN
Relay for Life will be a little different this year, but it will be memorable.
In May, Walterboro Mayor Bill Young and Walterboro City Council members granted permission to Colleton Relay for Life Coordinator Jessica Cartrette to celebrate the annual Relay for Life event during the week of June 20th - 26th, in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have been lost to the disease.
In preparation for this week-long celebration, a Relay for Life banner will be strung across Jefferies Boulevard. Businesses and residents are asked to “Paint the Town Purple,” by putting purple signs or banners outside of their businesses and homes. The “Paint the Town Purple” effort will also consist of businesses and homeowners decorating their own spaces in support of Relay for Life.
“We will give those who participate the opportunity to turn in photo of their decor which will be posted to the Relay For Life Colleton County Facebook page where votes can be placed to name a winner for best decorated,” said Cartrette. “We will present a plaque or trophy to the winner and announce it through The Press and Standard as well as our Facebook page.”
The luminary service will also continue this year and be conducted on Friday night, June 25, at the Walterboro Wildlife Center amphitheater from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with all social distancing measures followed.
Glowsticks will be placed in the luminaria bags at dark and a DJ will set up on the stage. All luminary and signs will be picked up that evening after 9 p.m.
“This is new for us. Since we cannot currently have a full event, this allows us to continue to raise funds as well as keep everyone engaged,” said Cartrette. “Our plan is to place the luminary bags around the amphitheater.”
The bags will be setup in a way to allow everyone to enjoy it while also maintain social distancing. The bags are purchased by donation to Relay and decorated with images and names in memory/honor of a cancer patients past and present. Organizers will be lighting glowsticks, solar lights or LED battery lights instead of candles so there will be no open flame. Volunteers will begin setting up that afternoon and light up everything at dark. Clean up that night will begin after 9pm.
For more information, or to volunteer or purchase a luminary, go to the Relay for Life of Colleton SC Facebook page.