S.M.A.R.T. launches Paint Robeson Purple campaign

By: By May Lample

LUMBERTON — In honor of National Recovery Month, the Substance Misuse Awareness and Recovery Task Force is launching the Paint Robeson Purple campaign.

During the month of September, Robeson County residents are being encouraged to show support for their community members in recovery by decorating their homes and work spaces, wearing purple and creating 30-second videos. Photos and videos can be shared on our Facebook page and those that earn the most shares and likes will be recognized. We will also have a logo contest where people can create a logo for our annual SMART Recovery Fest beginning in 2018.

Substance misuse affects many Robeson County residents, and it’s important that the community show support to those who are working hard in their recovery.

“National Recovery Month is the perfect opportunity for the Robeson County community to collectively support those in recovery with visible events that bring about awareness,” said Valerie Comrie, Robeson County Treatment Court Program director. “It is a win-win, because if one person rises out of addiction and into recovery, we all win.”

This initiative is being organized by a variety of SMART members including myself, Comrie, Kayla Oxendine and Richale Reed, with assistance from volunteers Ghee Robinson and Kristian Phillips.

Scheduled Paint Robeson Purple events include:

— On Friday, decorate your work space. Decorate your home or work space to show support for people in recovery. Upload photos onto Facebook no later than Thursday. A winner will be chosen on Friday.

— On Sept. 20, Wear purple.

— Sept. 22, Thirty-Second video contest. Participants should create a video, no longer than 30 seconds, to show support for people in recovery. Videos can include songs and dance. Upload videos to our Facebook page with the hashtag #paintrobco. Videos should be uploaded by Sept. 2. A winner will be chosen on Sept. 22.

— Sept. 28, Recovery social. A cake and punch social will be held to celebrate those individuals in recovery. This event will include door prizes, recovery testimonials, and artistic presentations. The evening will conclude with a lantern release. The event will be held at the Community Health Education Center inside Biggs Park Mall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

— Sept. 29, Logo contest.

Like us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/PaintRobesonPurple and share photos and videos using the hashtag #paintrobco.


By May Lample

May Lample is the community mobilization coordinator for Southeastern Health.

May Lample is the community mobilization coordinator for Southeastern Health.