Buzz:  The rap is back in time for the April 13 Spring Market at Berry. $36,000 goal for Walk MS: Rome at Berry on Saturday. Blood Assurance cites shortage, critical donation needs. McHenry School celebration on April 28.

Buzz: The rap is back in time for the April 13 Spring Market at Berry. $36,000 goal for Walk MS: Rome at Berry on Saturday. Blood Assurance cites shortage, critical donation needs. McHenry School celebration on April 28.

Rappin’ Ben Lord is back to promote Berry College Student Enterprises’ Spring Market on Saturday, April 13. The Berry College sophomore had a hit on his hands with his first wrap promoting one of the student markets and the latest sequel is just as good. It has us wondering about a rap edition of Hometown Headlines? The real news: The event is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Clara Bowl by the Ford building. Included: More than 40 community vendors; 10 student enterprises; more than 15 other student vendors; Angus beef, Jersey Milk cheese, crafts and kids entertainment. (Ben will join us on Hometown Radio on WRGA 98.7 FM this Tuesday at 8:10 a.m.)


Blood Assurance is in critical need of blood donations at this time. Donations have been down since January and the need has gone from urgent to critical. Blood Assurance is asking everyone to please come out and donate blood.
 
“We have been experiencing a shortage of blood for a few weeks now,” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “Patients in our local hospitals count on donated blood every day. They urgently need donors to come out as soon as possible because the supply of O positive, O negative, A negative, A positive, and B negative is critically low.”
 
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. To schedule an appointment at a donor center or blood drive near you, please visit www.bloodassurance.org, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE’ to 444999.

More than 200 people are expected to raise more than $35,000 at Walk MS: Rome Saturday at Berry College. Morning registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. in the Cage Center. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Walk MS: Rome routes are fully accessible and offer one and three mile options. While there is no registration fee to participate, participates are encourage to make a fundraising commitment or donate directly.

Athletes Bettering the Community, a Berry College organization, along with Football Head Coach Tony Kunczewki and Senior Lecturer of Mathematics Janna Johnson are heading the event.

“My mom had multiple sclerosis for 34 years and I’ve been inspired by her fight,” said Kunczewski. “I want to help in any way I can for others who are battling the disease and as a tribute to my mom. Events like the MS Walk this Saturday helps aid in the research for finding a cure. The support from the Berry community over the years has been amazing.”

The event is an opportunity for passionate people to come together with friends, loved ones and co-workers to fundraise, connect and advocate for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Walk MS is a national event that helps fuel groundbreaking multiple sclerosis research and provides life-changing services to those affected by the disease through creating a supportive community and fundraising.

The Do Good Boutique on Broad Street is donating a percentage of each of the purchases throughout this week to the Georgia Chapter of the MS Society.


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