Beginning today through Saturday, residents of Statesboro and southeast Georgia have the opportunity to text the word "PIG" to 25383 to make a $5 donation to American Diabetes Association. At the same time, donors will help Georgia Southern University Head Football Coach Jeff Monken and Statesboro business leader Bubba Hunt get closer to their goal of winning the 19th annual Kiss-a-Pig Contest.
As the first contestants from Statesboro/Bulloch County in the regional contest, Monken and Hunt are counting on support from the community to bring home the "bacon" for Bulloch County.
A contest between community leaders to raise money, Kiss-a-Pig is a regional campaign with competitors from surrounding areas. This year's campaign includes candidates from South Carolina as well as from communities throughout southeast Georgia. Funds from the texting campaign support the work of the Diabetes Association in Bulloch.
The association has served the Statesboro area for 19 years with public awareness campaigns, patient education programs and a support group organized by long-time Statesboro volunteer Penny Harris. Harris, who has lived with diabetes for 26 years, said, "As someone who has struggled with diabetes since the age of 12, I understand the need for support from others who share the experience. It's not easy living with diabetes; your whole world revolves around it."
A Statesboro support group meets the second Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. in the Education Room of East Georgia Regional Medical Center. Sessions are conducted by nurse practitioners and physicians from various disciplines and topics range from caring for your eyes and feet to nutrition and preventing cardiovascular disease, a serious problem for diabetics.
To find out more about the American Diabetes Association Support Group, contact Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-678-1774.
For more information about the Kiss-a-Pig, contact Maria Center at 912-353-8110, ext. 3091 or email@example.com.