I want to thank everyone who stopped by the roadblock held in Manila on April 14 for the Buffalo Island American Cancer Society Relay For Life. The temperature was good but the wind was really blowing and a couple of times I had to chase dollar bills down the street. I am glad to announce none of them got away.
It was our first roadblock. My husband, Dale, and I have been involved in a lot of fundraisers but somehow we missed the roadblocks through the years. We have worked Western Day booths downtown in Manila, Relay for Life wrestling matches, softball car washes, auctions and much more, but this was our first roadblock.
I want to thank everyone for their donations, but I also want to thank them for not running over us.
I need to attend a "roadblock" class before next year. I discovered begging on the street is not as easy as it looks. I am sure I was in the way of the motorists, but everyone was so very nice. I rather enjoyed greeting my friends and making new ones. We were able to give directions to several out-of-town people.
Thanks to the generosity of the motorists driving through the intersection of Baltimore and Olympia Streets, we raised $360 in the few hours we were out there. Thanks to everyone.
The Relay for Life events throughout the world raise a lot of money, and it is wonderful we can be a part of such a big undertaking -- the fight against cancer.
The Buffalo Island Relay for Life will be held at the Leachville City Park June 22. There will be food booths, games, drawings and a silent auction. Cancer survivors will be honored, and those who have lost their battle will be remembered.
I can't talk about the Buffalo Island Relay for Life without mentioning Brenda Matheny and Rebecca Clowers of Leachville. They are the co-chairmen for the event and they work hard throughout the year. It takes a lot of people but it takes good leaders to keep us all going. We have several teams.
Hopefully someday we will not need Relay for Life because cancer will be stamped out.
Jackie Wallis is our community representative for the Buffalo Island American Cancer Relay for Life, as well as several others in the area. He gives 100 percent and works hard to keep us going with one goal in mind -- fighting cancer. His philosophy is, "It doesn't take people doing a lot, just a lot of people doing a little. He shared a little math with me on what as little as a penny a day can do in a year.
Based on the 2010 Census:
* Clay County (population 16,083) $58,702.95.
* Craighead County (population 96,443) $352,016.95.
* Greene County (population 42,090) $153,628.50.
* Jackson County (population 17,997) $65,689.05.
* Randolph County (population 17, 969) $65,586.85.
* Buffalo Island (est. population 9,495) $34,656.75.
* Arkansas (population 2,915,918) $10,643,100.70.
* United States (population 308,745,539) $1,126,921,213.70.
We may not be able to do great things by ourselves, but together we can make a difference. Again, thanks for the pennies and the dollars you gave on my first roadblock. It will go to a good cause.