Annual T-shirt sale drive starts


Members of the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department wear pink T-shirts on top of one of the fire trucks. The department is selling the T-shirts as part of a fundraiser to support breast cancer patients.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 05:44 PM.

“We are doing the Brave Enough to Wear Pink Campaign for the fourth year now,” said Charlie Winter, a department firefighter and paramedic leading this year’s effort to raise money for breast cancer awareness and support. “We’re out to beat last year’s record.”

They have a high bar. During last year’s campaign 1,200 pink T-shirts were sold and $10,400 was raised to donate to the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department Cancer Care Fund managed by the CarolinaEast Foundation.

“We’ve got a long ways to go, but we can do it, though,” Winter said Tuesday as the drive officially kicked off. “We’re starting a little bit earlier this year because of the demand from last year.”

Winter said a combination of shirt design, community support and untiring effort by the fire department has led to high sales of the shirts in the past.

“I think it’s everything put together,” Winter said. “Everyone in the country has known somebody who has been hurt or affected, or knows somebody who has been lost or has dealt with cancer.”

This year’s shirts feature a Dalmatian in a firefighter’s hat with the phrase “Brave Enough to Wear Pink.” It was designed based on a theme by department members, including Capt. Tom Dorn and firefighter/paramedic Scott Dorsett.

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