Lots of folks around McDuffie County will be seeing red next week, but tempers won't be on the rise. Instead, the red bows, ribbons, pins and clothing around town will show support for the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" campaign Feb 4.
Individuals have supported the effort in the past by wearing ribbons, stickers and pins on their clothing, but this year local businesses can get into the act by placing a bow on the front door to show support.
Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert displays some of the cardboard hearts available to show support for the American Heart Association.
"We're hoping to turn McDuffie County red," said Emily Walden, heart board member.
"How awesome would it be to see all of McDuffie County in red showing their support of the American Heart Association and its mission," said Patricia Rinker, regional director of the American Heart Association.
The annual "Go Red for Women" campaign raises funds and increases awareness of the dangers of heart disease.
"In McDuffie County, the number one cause of death is heart attack and stroke," said Virginia Bradshaw, member of the McDuffie County Heart Board.
The county will be joining other communities in going red for a day on Feb. 4. Participants across the nation donate $5 to dress in red or wear red dress pins or stickers. It won't just be people in red that day. In large metro areas, supporters do things like turn fountains in the cities red and light buildings at night using red lights, Ms. Rinker said.
Funds raised in the campaign will be credited toward The Heart Walk scheduled Saturday, Feb. 26. This year's walk is in memory of Mary Knox McNeill, who for years steadfastly supported the Heart Walk by serving on the board, encouraging new participants to take part, and through leading by example. Her memory will be honored at this year's event when participants wear stickers that state, "I'm walking in honor of Mary Knox McNeill."
The annual walk, which blends the benefits of physical activity, community involvement and personal giving, raises money to help fund research and for awareness campaigns for cardiovascular disease and stroke, Ms. Rinker said.
To join in the support of the "Go Red for Women" campaign, or to learn more about the Heart Walk, stop by the Depot or call 597-1000.