Branch calling on businesses to help paint Roma purple
PAINTING the town purple is no easy feat, but that's what Roma's Cancer Council branch plan to do.
With major fundraiser Relay For Life only a few months away, the branch is calling on businesses throughout Roma to decorate their shops and offices purple to help launch the event.
This year marks 10 years since the first Relay in Roma. Relay For Life is an overnight, community event where teams of 10-15 people participate in a relay-style walk to raise money for the Cancer Council.
Loot Homewares owner Erin Brumpton is supporting the cause, filling her shop window with Relay merchandise and purple stock.
"It's something visual that makes a big impact but it's easy for businesses to do," she said.
"Once a few people get on board, it will make it all look really good."
Cancer Council Roma secretary Annette Huntley said businesses were invited to go purple from July 13, with the official launch in McDowall St on July 18.
"We're hoping to start on Monday and have everything purple in the week leading up to the launch," she said.
"Most of us know someone who has got cancer or who has had cancer or lost someone to cancer.
"We need all the help we can to save lives."
This year in South West Queensland about 2122 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 644 will die from the disease. Money raised helps to support locals in their fight to survive.
Purple represents all types of cancer.