Opp turning pink for breast cancer

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 16, 2010

The public’s help is needed to “turn Opp pink” next week to bring about breast cancer awareness.

Students from Opp High School’s Student Government Association and Health Occupations Students of America have teamed up bring the city and school a series of events for the weeklong program to benefit breast cancer research.

Monday is “Pink Ribbon Day,” and students will sell pink ribbons to the student body. On Tuesday everyone is encouraged to dress in all pink in an effort to turn the entire school pink. Wednesday is “hat day,” and students can wear their hat all day for just a buck, and on Thursday pink refreshments will be sold during break.

On Thursday night, the community’s support is needed in a community-wide walk-a-thon, Tina Bradley, SGA co-sponsor and HOSA sponsor, said.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., at Channel-Lee Stadium.

“Students and other community participants will be taking donations and pledges to walk,” she said. “All money raised will go to Relay for Life.”

In addition, souvenirs and refreshments will be sold, including walk-a-thon car magnets, can coozies, bottled water and pink refreshments.

Bradley said a grand prize will be given away for a gift that has been donated by a local merchant.

Bradley said the idea for the event came from OHS students

“We had several students who had an idea to raise money for breast cancer,” she said. “We’ve been planning this for a little less than a month.”

Bradley said students from the SGA and HOSA have been working diligently to prepare for the upcoming event, even giving up time from their fall break to make sure the event goes off without a hitch.

“The students sold pink door ribbons to local merchants, which will be delivered Mon., Oct. 18 in the effort to turn the town pink.”

Friday’s “Glam out for Breast Cancer” will conclude the week’s events. Students and the community are encouraged to wear pink. For more information or to make a donation or pledge, call Bradley at 493-4561.