Pucker up people, Bridget and her pals want a kiss
By MARY MANN
WHEN Alstonville cancer sufferer Bridget Owens walks down the main street of her home town, pink kisses remind her of how much she is loved ? and how much she loves the village.
Bridget, who has been working in the Main Street Pharmacy for the past 12 years, is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer for the second time.
Her friends and colleagues are turning the town pink to let her know she is not alone in her fight and that she is loved.
Pink paper cut-out 'kisses' are being sold for $5 each at local businesses, which are then 'blown' to Bridget and her two teenage children by being displayed, with handwritten messages, on shopfront windows. Pink T-shirts with kisses are also for sale.
About $1700 worth of kisses and $250 worth of shirts have been sold so far.
"It's beautiful when I walk down the street and see people wearing the kiss shirts," Bridget said.
"The support is a bit overwhelming, but it's all good. "I love the Alstonville community.
"I just want to thank everyone, my family, friends and colleagues, especially my boss Steve Hoole. They've all been so supportive."
Cathy Clarke, the treasurer of the Blow Bridget a Kiss Campaign, said the campaign symbolised the love and support the community wanted to show Bridget.
"She's the kind of person who would make trifles for the elderly at Christmas, just because she cared," Cathy said.