“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.
This year the department is also selling hats along with the T-shirts. The cost is $20 for each and they are available by calling 444-6443 or visiting the Havelock West End Fire Station on U.S. 70 at the entrance to Tucker Creek. Residents can also visit the department’s Facebook page.
In a separate breast cancer awareness fundraiser, Havelock’s firefighters are joining with CarolinaEast to create a Pink Glove Dance Video for a competition sponsored by MEDLINE. The company manufactures pink rubber gloves that were worn in a video made Tuesday with members of the fire department. The winner of the video competition will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of their choice.
“We chose Havelock Fire and Rescue because they have been so supportive of our foundation,” said Megan McGarvey, with CarolinaEast Medical Center. “They do the Brave Enough to Wear Pink and they sell the T-shirts and the proceeds actually come back to the CarolinaEast Foundation for our breast cancer research and education, so we thought that this was a perfect opportunity to partner and show Havelock Fire and Rescue how much we appreciate their ongoing support.”
The 90-second video will be submitted Oct. 4 to the competition, and the voting starts Oct. 28 and continues for two weeks.
“It’s one vote, per person for Facebook,” McGarvey said. “We’re really going to depend on the community for those votes. Whoever gets the most votes also gets $25,000 to go to the charity of their choice.”
The dance competition proceeds will be going to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.