A few colorful toilets started to make their way around McDuffie County earlier this week in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society's upcoming Relay for Life event.
On Monday, a purple toilet was placed by the City of Thomson on Mayor Bob Knox's front lawn on Lee Street. Mr. Knox then paid $10 to have it removed and had it placed on someone else's lawn. The cycle will continue through this week, with people paying to have it removed from their property. Relay for Life organizers hope the traveling toilet will generate lots of dollars for the fundraiser.
Michael McTier takes a seat on the Dearing Baptist Relay for Life Toilet after donating money during the potty's trip around Dearing on Saturday. Melissa "Uhoola" Manders held the Relay for Life sign while riding on the commode around town and asking for donations.
A letter was delivered to everyone who had the toilet put on their lawn, reading: "Congratulations, a friend of yours donated valuable dollars to the Cancer Society just so you could display the purple potty on your lawn. It's a royal throne fit for a king. No doubt your neighbors will be pleased and will enjoy its presence in your community."
Dearing Baptist Church also has its own traveling toilet. The psychedelic green commode has been in seven yards in as many days. It was in Dearing Mayor Ralph Menees' yard on Saturday morning and made its way into former Dearing Elementary Principal Darrell Wells' yard Sunday night.
Dearing Baptist Relay Team Organizer Tony Hedgecock said the toilet fundraiser is a good way to have fun while raising money to fight cancer.
"I think with our group, everybody's got such a good sense of humor," Mr. Hedgecock said. "They're more than willing to contribute to what we're raising money for. Everybody is so gung-ho about it. They're a bunch of comedians I think."
During Saturday afternoon, the Dearing Baptist potty took a brake from being passed around. In response to a dare, several church members strapped the toilet to a trailer and traveled around town on the porcelain throne asking for donations. They raised more than $80.
"I was skeptical about it to begin with, but it's opened my eyes. It's a good fundraiser," Mr. Hedgecock said. "I haven't run across anybody yet that didn't like it."