Photos by Martha Moulton, thank you.
On Sat. Oct. 26th about 1500 off-island participants came to Dataw Island for day 2 of the Pledge the Pink event. The Pledge is an event organized annually to support the fight against breast cancer. Those participants also walked Hunting and Fripp Islands on days 1 and 3. One goal of the event was for participants to walk, and in a few cases run, 10 miles each day. The yellow school buses started rolling on the island about 8 AM.
What an amazing day as volunteers from Dataw Island came out to cheer the participants, provide moral support, organize “pit stop” and provide the participants with snacks and refreshing beverages.
A group of DIYC volunteers organized a pit stop on the cotton Dike golf course at hole 13, under the big live oak tree. We were at mile 4 of the Dataw walk. Our beach stop was decorated with flying jellyfish, a flying pink pig, signal flags, the DIYC burgee, a beach scene with chairs in one of the bunkers, cornhole and of course pink flamingos were everywhere. Many of the volunteers were dressed in theme appropriate wear.
We served bananas, orange slices, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, health bar bites, water, and Gatorade. Sandy’s Surfboard Bar was open serving pineapple/mango punch, which we soon ran out of. People were at the serving tables 30 deep at times. The mass of walkers coming down the Cotton Dike 13 cart path was a sight to see. They stretched from tee box to the live oak tree.
The participants were ALL very enthusiastic and cheerful, Including some from outside the US. Many were organized into small groups with custom personalized shirts and dress – tutus, dyed hair, etc. You name it, they were wearing it. Lots of creativity with some even carrying their own walking music. One man was dressed in full fire fighting gear. I asked him how he was doing in the humidity and heat. His reply was “it was nothing compared to what those fighting breast cancer are going through”. Some walked for their mothers and others were walking to support to their spouse. Everyone had a story of sacrifice and struggle. One lady commented to her friends out loud that “this is southern hospitality”. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I am a damn yankee, but I am learning.
Word of our pit stop was spread to those lagging behind by text message. Many came up to our greeters and asked if this was the stop with the punch.
Many noted how beautiful the island was and how grateful they were for our island’s support and hospitality.
When it was all done, we were all exhausted after about an hour and half of nonstop serving. And then there was cleanup starting around 11 AM.
Thank you to all those residents who came out across the island to support the Pledge, mix punch, hang jellyfish, prepare our beach scene, retrieve a drone, and inflate and tie down our props. Kudos to Cheryl Johnson for organizing our pitstop