Every July 1 for the past several years, thousands of rubber ducks are dropped into Mark Creek for the annual Food Bank Duck Race. Each year the amount of money raised increases, with the 2013 race bringing in over $17,000.
Local realtor Marilyn Jolie, who organizes the race and furnishes the cash prize, has her sights set on raising $20,000 this year. That means more tickets for sale and more ducks in the water. She is also upping the prize money.
The event is run by volunteers and this year, Jolie is putting out the call for a little help.
“We really need volunteers to help pick up ducks,” she said.
That means people willing to step into the river to capture ducks as the race ends. Jolie says to make it easier on those volunteers the race committee is considering just grabbing the winning ducks at the finish line at the Civic Centre and then letting the rest of the flock proceed downstream to the skate park where the creek is wider.
“We’ll keep the excitement at the arena, but it’s easier to pick the rest of the ducks out further on,” Jolie said. “But we will need people at both finish lines.”
The ducks will not be put into the water if it is running too quickly.
If you can assist, please call Jolie at 250-427-8700.