Health care fundraiser on May 10
Members of Amherst town council are participating in the Highland Fling and having a little fun in the process.
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Members of Amherst town council are participating in this year’s Highland Fling by hosting the Crapper Toss. Celebrating the town’s involvement are (from left) town councilors George Baker, Terry Rhindress, Dave March, auxiliary president Marilyn Farrow, Mayor Robert Small, Fling treasurer Ruth Pipes, covnenor Vicki Daley and councilors Lisa Emery and Frank Balcom.
AMHERST – Organizers of the 32nd annual Highland Fling have found a new pay to put more fun in fundraising.
The host committee has joined forces with members of Amherst town council to host a Crapper Toss during the fundraiser for the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary on Saturday, May 10 at the Amherst Curling Club.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the event, participants will be given a roll of toilet paper and asked to toss it into an open toilet bowl, similar to how a basketball player fires a free throw at the basket.
“It’s something one of the firefighters mentioned to me. The fire department used to do it as a fundraiser and it was quite popular,” convenor Vicki Daley said. “We approached the town and they were more than willing to do it and Eddy Group is donating a new toilet for us to use.”
Mayor Robert Small said council is more than happy to participate in the Highland Fling and to have a little fun in the process.
“When we were approached it didn’t take long for us to say yes,” the mayor said. “It should be a lot of fun and we are all supporting what’s a very important cause in our community.”
Funds from this year’s edition of the Fling are being used to purchase a gamma probe that isolates lymph nodes for breast cancer patients. The probe, valued at approximately $35,000, is something the new surgeon at the hospital is trained to use and it would be an additional surgery option that would be available locally for breast cancer patients.
Daley said the auxiliary is aiming for the $35,000 required to purchase the probe and already received a good boost last week when the Sing for the Fling at the Susan Taylor Theatre at ARHS raised $4,000.
Daley said many of the popular attractions from the Fling will be returning this year including Doc’s Dogs, the Y Service Club’s lobster rolls, the Teddy Bear health clinic, the Lions games and the Lioness club’s book sale.
This year there will also be a silly string surprise wall, full face-painting and tattoos and an appearance by the Shrine Clowns.
Last year’s edition of the Fling raised approximately $40,000
She said the Fling is popular because it’s a family-oriented event that supports the hospital – a facility everyone in the community is going to need at some time in their life.
Since its inception the Highland Fling has raised more than $500,000 for the auxiliary and the purchase of important medical equipment for the hospital. Last year, an argon laser was purchased for the ophthalmology department.