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Oyster Festival contestants raise funds to fight cancer

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Elizabeth Wilding (left) and Avery Martin

Elizabeth Wilding and Avery Martin are contestants in the Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat competition. They are raising awareness and  money for the American Cancer Society as part of their community service project. 

Cancer disease affects a lot of people, and most everyone knows someone who has or has had cancer. Many people in the community have also had cancer themselves. 

To help spread awareness and start a conversation, Elizabeth and Avery made cancer ribbon pins of many different colors that represent the different types of cancer (example: pink for breast cancer) to distribute. 

In June, the girls held a blood drive with Virginia Blood Services at Middlesex High School. Whole blood and platelets were collected. A total of 16 units of blood was donated. 

On August 9, the girls hosted a sign painting night. The Smiling Sisters provided the materials, and helped collaborate with the girls in order to make the fundraiser a success. Elizabeth and Avery raised over $900 in donations, which will be given to the American Cancer Society. “A special thank you to the Smiling Sisters for their time and generous donation. Thank you to the Deltaville Maritime Museum for allowing the use of its pavilion,” said Elizabeth. 

On August 15, the girls hosted a paint night with designs Elizabeth made. One design exhibited flowers and the painters had the option to paint the petals of whatever cancer color has affected their lives. The second painting was of a tree where the painter could do the same, except with the leaves. The goal of the event was $100, and everyone had a great time painting. “Thank you to the Deltaville Community Center for donating the building in order for the girls to have a place to host their paint night,” said Elizabeth.

Many great donations of gift certificates have come from area businesses that Avery and Elizabeth are raffling off individually. Avery and Elizabeth will go live on their Facebook page, Fundraising for Cancer, on August 17 to draw tickets and announce winners. Winners will also be contacted. “Thank you to Nauti Nell’s, Café by the Bay, Hurd’s Hardware, Merroir, Colonial Pizza, the Fin and Pearl, Bethpage Camp Resort, Lowe Tide, River Birch, Dano’s Pizza, and Something Different for donating gift certificates to be raffled off,” said Elizabeth. “Thank you to everyone who donated their time and money to help our cause to help beat cancer!”

posted 08.16.2018

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