Good weekend to support good causes

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This weekend presents several opportunities to have a good time for a good cause.

The annual Relay for Life is set for this Friday, May 12 from 6 p.m. to midnight. This year’s event is being held on the Allendale-Fairfax High School football field due to the merger of Allendale and Barnwell County’s events.

This is a great, fun way to raise money for the American Cancer Society to fund cancer awareness and research!

It’s fitting that this year’s theme is Teaming Up Against Cancer since the setting is a football field. The fight against cancer is really going to take a team effort.

Cancer impacts so many people and has claimed the lives of far too many people. That’s why we hope you and your family will support Relay for Life.

There will be plenty of food, entertainment, fun and ways to donate money.

While it is a little bit further to drive this year for Barnwell County residents, we encourage folks from both counties to come out and support this worthy event.

Together we can make a difference!

We can also make a difference on Saturday, May 13 by volunteering at the Barnwell State Park as part of the Yamassee District Day of Service.

Boy Scout Troop 392 in Barnwell is hosting the event, but scouts from other troops will be joining them to clean up damage caused by the Jan. 21 tornado that left a mess at one of our county’s greatest resources. However, you don’t have to be a scout to participate as they invite the public to join them.

The clean-up will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Helping the state park is vital because it’s used by many people, including visitors to our community.

Let’s show that we care about helping this resource.

We thank everyone in advance who will be volunteering! We also thank those who have helped in the past few months, including volunteers from the United Way and Savannah River Site during Project CARE!

Saturday also brings two chances to catch fish and a few memories.

The annual youth Get Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Fishing Rodeo will be held at the fish hatchery behind the DNR office on Dunbarton Boulevard. This is a free and fun reminder to get hooked on the right things!

The event is from 8 a.m. to noon.

Also that morning is a new fishing event.

A Fishing Derby sponsored by the City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Department will be held at Lake Brown in Barnwell for youth and adults from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You could win $10,000 or one of several other great prizes!

Cost is $20 per person to register. This can be done at Barnwell City Hall or the morning of the event.

It’s great to have so many events taking place, but they won’t be any good without people. Please support these events and show why Barnwell and Allendale counties are great places!

An ongoing need in Barnwell County is for food donations as well as helping with serving/delivering meals to the elderly in our community.

The food bank, which is located in the Axis 1 Center’s office on Jackson Street, welcomes donations from the public Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They will also discuss with groups and organizations about how to organize a food drive.

One way people can help is by participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive. Postal carriers will leave a plastic bag in mailboxes this week for residents to fill with non-perishable food items. Simply leave the bag of food by your mailbox before your mail carrier comes this Saturday, May 13 or drop it off at your post office.

To help with seniors, the Barnwell center at (803) 259-4599 or the Blackville center at (803) 219-7056.