Warwick Jones was declared the winner of the Shepparton Relay For Life Painting it Purple campaign for local businesses last week to raise awareness about the event.
The impressive window display captured the eyes of the judges along with close runner-up, the Book Grocer, which was crafty in its approach to decorating.
The challenge was for businesses to go purple for a week at the end of July and spread the word about the Cancer Council Victoria’s Relay For Life event in October.
‘‘Warwick Jones’ display was very striking, however the Book Grocer made a banner and spray painted the spines of book’s purple, so we had to let the Melbourne Relay For Life people to decide because it was too hard,’’ Shepparton Relay For Life committee member Cathy Seymour said.
Warwick Jones manager Vienna Betts said they always like to be involved in community and she had personally lost someone close to her from cancer.
‘‘The display has got several people asking questions and it’s good to see them engaged,’’ she said.
A print and digital advertising package to the value of $1000 courtesy of The News was awarded to Warwick Jones.
Ms Seymour said they were reasonably happy with the response with businesses or organisations around the central business district, with Youth Foyer, Finnys, Book Grocer, John Anderson Chemist, Warwick Jones, Hudsons Cafe and Identity taking part.
The committee was starting a colouring competition with the schools with all the schools encouraged to enter.
‘‘We will collect them and display around them venue during Relay For Life and will have prizes up for grabs,’’ she said.
Ms Seymour is also encouraging people to register teams for Shepparton Relay For Life.
Shepparton Relay for Life is on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, at Princess Park, cnr Quinan Pde and Nixon St. The event starts at 4pm Saturday, finishing at 10am Sunday.
People can register or donate at http://fundraising.cancer.org.au/site/TR?fr—id=4799&pg=entry