MOULTRIE — The Pilot Club of Moultrie has planned three events to help promote National Brain Awareness Week March 13-19. The events will demonstrate life-saving technology, make friends and family aware of brain diseases and raise money for the cause.

Brain Awareness Week kicks off with Project Lifesaver on Saturday, March 11. Moultrie Police Chief Frank Lang will participate in a game of hide-and-seek like no other ever played in Colquitt County.

Project Lifesaver uses transmitters to locate people who have wandered from home because of Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury or other brain-related disorders. Lang will wear a transmitter on his wrist, similar to ones program clients wear, and will “hide” somewhere in the county. A specially trained team, made up of members of the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Department and the Moultrie Police Department, will use the mobile locator tracking system to search for him.

“Project Lifesaver can save hours of searching and the anxious waiting experienced by family members,” program coordinator Cherie Searcy said. “Thousands of dollars in costs are also saved by local government when someone wanders away from home and becomes lost. Most importantly, it saves lives.”

The program serves people of all ages with brain-related disorders. Previously, cases of lost patients involved days of searching and often ended in tragedy. Nationally, Project Lifesaver rapid-response teams have been responsible for more than 1,000 rescues and have an astounding 100 percent success rate.

The Pilot Club of Moultrie will also take part in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Write Out Cancer Campaign from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Applebee’s conference room.

Each Pilot Club member is encouraged to bring 25 names and addresses to the meeting to address envelopes and send them out to friends and family members. Each participant who brings 25 addresses will be given a T-shirt.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is in Memphis, Tenn., and treats children with various forms of cancer, sickle cell disease, provide artificial limbs and other infirmities without cost to the children’s family. There are currently 418 children from Georgia being treated at the hospital, three of them from Colquitt County.

The awareness week ends with the Pilot Club’s fourth annual Wee Bit of Moultrie, “A Dining Experience,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Sunset Country Club.

The Colquitt County High School Jazz Band will provide the entertainment for the evening. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes, and local restaurants will be on hand to sell samples of their specialty foods to all ticketholders. Vendors from Applebee’s, Three Crazy Bakers, The Java Shop, Pizza Hut, Zaxby’s, Market Bar-B-Que, Sunset Country Club and Al’s Subs have already signed up to participate.

The proceeds from this benefit will be used to improve the quality of life in the community. The Moultrie Pilot Club helps in supporting the Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association, Colquitt County Mental Health, the Very Special Arts, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Through out the year, the club works on special projects for local nursing homes, college scholarships, and the Special Needs Girl Scout Troop. Their signature service project, BrainMinders, reaches 800 to 1,000 elementary school students every year.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Cherie Searcy at 873-3523 or Judy Owens at 873-3748.

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