, Derry, New Hampshire


June 13, 2013

St. Jude Relay team 'flushes' out cancer

LONDONDERRY — A local church is raising money to “flush” out cancer.

Members of the St. Jude Parish are asking people to “flush a friend” to support the upcoming Greater Derry Londonderry Relay for Life event.

That includes a bright purple toilet strategically placed in yards around town.

St. Jude members Trish Woodward and Bonnie Roberts have supported the Relay for Life for about seven years, part of the eight-member One Body of Hope team, based at the Londonderry parish.

This year, the talk turned to toilets when the women wanted a new, fun way to raise money.

Woodward asked brother-in-law Dave Pellerin of Pellerin Plumbing in Keene if he had a spare toilet he could donate to the cause.

It turns out he had a whole garage full of them.

“He gave me my choice of three, all different,” Woodward said.

She ended up choosing a simple model that was eventually painted bright pink and purple, the colors of the St. Jude Relay team logo.

People could have friends or family “toileted” and the potty would appear on the front lawn.

Woodward said people who want friends or neighbors “toileted” remain anonymous.

Those getting the porcelain throne placed on their yard can either pay $10 to have it removed, or $15 to have it placed on another lawn of their choice.

The church also sells squares of toilet paper for $1 each to support the Relay for Life team.

The toilet project started last month and Woodward said it’s very popular with not only St. Jude parishioners but everyone else.

“Everyone thought it was very cute,” she said.

Royal Lane resident Deb Johnson was the first to receive the toilet. She had already been graced with a flock of fundraising flamingos the week before.

Woodward said Johnson was a good sport. Now, the potty is making its rounds several times a week. It’s not only in Londonderry, but it has also been seen Litchfield and Manchester.

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