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Colorful commode is a hot commodity in Londonderry fundraiser

Union Leader Correspondent

May 28. 2013 10:14PM
Londonderry resident Karen Roberts arranged a pink and purple toilet on Deb Johnson's front lawn Monday morning. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)

LONDONDERRY — Coming soon to a neighborhood near you — one painted pink and purple potty.

But don't call the code enforcement officer just yet. It's all for a worthy cause.

Last week, members of One Body of Hope, a Relay for Life team based out of St. Jude Parish in Londonderry, began their mission of "wiping out cancer" one lawn at a time.

Team co-captains Trish Woodward and Bonnie Roberts said they wanted to do something memorable this year when it came to their participation in the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser. So Roberts asked her brother-in-law — who works as a plumber in Keene — if he had a spare "throne" handy.

Turns out he did.

"We went and picked up the toilet on (a recent) Friday," Roberts said. "The next day, we were outside painting it. Painting porcelain isn't too easy," she said with a laugh.

By the time Sunday Mass rolled around, parishioners caught a glimpse of the colorful commode gracing the church garden as they made their way into the sanctuary.

Following Mass, a dozen or so team members began selling squares of toilet tissue for $1, while reminding people that the toilet was available for "flushing a friend."

For a $15 fee, the toilet can be placed on the Londonderry lawn of one's choice.

The lucky recipient may then opt to have the toilet removed from their lawn for a $10 fee or have it placed on a friend's lawn for $25.

"This chain of events should keep the toilet moving around town, thus raising awareness of the need to flush out funds towards a cure for cancer," Woodward said.

Early last week, the two ladies made a courtesy flush in one local neighborhood, depositing the toilet on the lawn of parishioner Deb Johnson.

Johnson, who wasn't told who had paid to have a potty placed on her front lawn, found humor in her lawn's latest deposit.

"Last week, someone put out some pink flamingoes," she said.

"Someone really loves you," Woodward said.

Would Johnson be "flushing" it forward? But of course, she said.

"I do have a friend who made me promise not to send her any flamingos," Johnson said. "But she didn't say anything about toilets."

Londonderry residents interested in flushing a friend are urged to contact Woodward at 437-7026 or Roberts at 426-5438. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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