Our McDuffie County Health Fair on April 18 was a huge success.
We are in the process of contacting professionals who performed the various tests to see how many benefitted from coming to the fair. I am sure there will be several, as it is each year, that find a health problem in time to correct it before it becomes a life-threatening problem.
There are so many people I need to thank for helping conduct the fair. This certainly was not my fair; it belongs to about 105 non-medical local volunteers and about 60 medical people, in addition to many, many behind the scenes people.
My chairpersons were: Rebecca Bracknell, in charge of packet assembly; Judy Giles, refreshments, and Mary Brooks, volunteers. Financial donations came from Beggs Funeral Home, Kelley Business Printers, Timmerman Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Georgia Data Shred and Thomson Chiropractic Center.
All parts of the fair are equally important, but I must mention one very important group. That is the community food vendors who donate various food items for the benefit of those having fasted for the blood chemistry test. The participants had fasted and would not have been able to stay for other testing or exhibits without the refreshments these people provided. Those providing refreshments included:
McDonald's, White Columns, Burger King, Krystal, Zaxby's, Wendy's, Sprint, all Waffle Houses, Family Dollar, IGA, BiLo, Wal-Mart, Balloon Delights, Chili Pepper's, Popeye's, Kent's, Michael's, Ryan's, Subway, Little G's Pizza, Raceway, Cornerstone Deli, Thomson Janitorial, White Oak Mart, Apex, and Neal's Barbecue.
There are so many others who need to be included. Thomson High School allows us to hold the fair in its facilities. Custodian Wilbur Daniels needs a special "thank you" for helping me each of the many years we have used the high school. Also, retired custodian Mr. Wilcher has been so faithful during the years. Thank you, both.
Four groups of volunteers need to be recognized. The Camellia Lions Club, Augusta Tech nursing students, the McDuffie County Hospital Auxiliary and both the First Baptist and First United Methodist Church provide numerous volunteers the day of the fair.
So, to all that made this wonderful health fair possible, a big thank you. You folks made a difference in the lives of so many people that day.
God bless you.