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Get ready to kiss a pig!

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Pucker up Savannah! It's time to kiss a pig!
     
Saturday is the big launch for the 24th Annual Kiss a Pig Campaign by the American Diabetes Association.

"Meet the teams, see who all is involved, there will be a press conference, and then Wet Willies is actually serving a special pig-tini with proceeds going to the American Diabetes Association,"
said Marianne Ganem Poppell, board member of the American Diabetes Association.
 
Their goal this year is to beat the amount they raised last year, which was a little less than $300,000.

"I always shoot personally for $500,000 because I like to shoot for the stars and I believe the goal this year is right around $300,000," said Poppell.

Event organizers say it's so important to give to this cause because diabetes isn't just a diet restriction.

"It's one of the top killers in America," she said.

The money raised goes to support research, advocacy, and education. One of the big ways you can help is really a lot of fun too.

"Really just go to the events.  They're fun, they're not a huge amount of money."

The campaign is a three-month long regional competition in Southeast Georgia to see which group can raise the most money for the cause.  Of course the winner gets to kiss the new pig: Lulu!

"It's the first year Lulu will be a part of it... so hopefully she likes to be kissed,” said Poppell.

The official kick off is Saturday at 4 p.m. in City Market next to Wild Wings.
     
In case you're wondering what is the significance of kissing a pig? Pigs were the original source of insulin and this is their way to saying thank-you to the pig.

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