People have been using ribbons for many centuries now. Their origin can be traced back to when people first began to weave cloth. In France, they used ribbons before to express their emotions and as the years passed, the number of uses for ribbons continued to grow. Now, ribbons are primarily used for decorative purposes but they can also be used for symbolic purposes. Ribbons can be used to unite people to a single cause or remember or honor a certain person or event.
Ribbons will once again be used for a higher purpose in New Britain, Connecticut. Now that the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative’s annual Race in the Park is only a few days away, the entirety of the downtown area as well as the Walnut Hill Park will become a garden of pink as it will be filled with a thousand pink ribbons, pink being the color of breast cancer awareness.
On Monday, Sharon Lapila, the coordinator for the Race in the Park, will turn Walnut Hill Park pink. Sharon Lapila, who is also the New Britain High School switchboard operator, along with 25 students, will all be going to the park’s band shell. They will give 4 hours of their time tying about 500 or 600 bows to the gazebo, the tennis court area and a number of trees.
They will place bows everywhere.
Last Friday evening, Lapila had already tied about a hundred bows in the Franklin Square Park all on her own.
She will start at the New Britain Stadium then she will head to the Police Headquarters, the Board of Education, and then the back of the city hall to tie 300 more bows all in the name of the pink initiative.
It will be Lapila’s sixth year as coordinator of the pink ribbon drive and in the past 5 years, every single drive was successful.
Lapila said that all the work they are putting in the drive is worth it due to the response they receive from the breast cancer survivors. She says that it feels great to make other people happy.