Apparently in Poland, they are Brave Enough to Wear Pink, too.
The Havelock Fire and Rescue Department’s campaign to raise money to support breast cancer patients reached the fire department in Kurow, Poland, where members purchased pink T-shirts and created their own music video in support of Havelock’s effort.
The Havelock department joined with CarolinaEast Health System to produce a video in the MEDLINE pink glove dance competition. That video got 7,512 votes, taking the top spot in North Carolina and finishing 19th overall.
“The awareness raised for the need to support our neighbors who have been or will be diagnosed with cancer has been enhanced dramatically,” said Megan McGarvey, director of public relations for CarolinaEast Health Systems.
In the video, members of the fire department, hospital workers and cancer survivors joined together wearing the city’s pink shirts and pink surgical gloves to dance to Bruno Mars’ popular song “Treasure.” The video was filmed at the Havelock Fire Department’s West End Station and in front of CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.
“I think it really shows the involvement of the community and their support for the cause, and also it was great to have Havelock and the hospital working together,” said Rick Zaccardelli, chief of the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department.
The department began selling the pink T-shirts and hats for $20 each last month in its Brave Enough to Wear Pink campaign. The goal was to raise $20,000 for the Havelock Fire and Rescue Cancer Fund, which is managed by the CarolinaEast Foundation. The department is scheduled to present a check to the foundation for $21,440 at 3 p.m. today at the West End Fire Station.
The initiative got a boost when a fire department in Kurow, Poland, expressed interest in some of Havelock’s pink shirts so they could do their own video.
“That was started with Ned Cieszko,” Zaccardelli said of the Havelock business owner. “That turned out to be a lot of fun. They purchased our pink T-shirts through Ned. It’s been a good camaraderie between ourselves and our brother firefighters in Poland.”
The newspaper in Kurow detailed the effort in a story: “The idea came through the sharing and cooperation which is being developed between the Havelock Fire Brigade in the USA and their companions of Kurow. The Havelock women have been supported in the past, now is the time to move it to our local soil.”
Initially, the T-shirts were held up in customs but eventually made it to the Kurow firefighters, who then mirrored the Havelock department in making their own video.
The video begins with Kurow fire engines pulling out of the station and through what appears to be the heart of the community. Firefighters, spouses and their children, all wearing the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department Brave Enough to Wear Pink T-shirts, come together in a town commons to dance for the video.
“It’s neat. If we can help raise awareness over there, that would be great,” Zaccardelli said.
The Havelock video can be viewed at www.pinkglovedance.com/videos/2013-video-contest/carolina-east-health-system/. A link to the Kurow department’s Pink Glove Dance video can be seen by going to the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department Facebook page.
The Havelock Fire and Rescue Department still has some of the pink T-shirts available for purchase. The cost is $20 each. To purchase a shirt or for more information, call 444-3753.