Duck Derby entering 25th anniversary year

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Southwest Crisis Services Executive Director Teresa Cole along with Duck Derby Fundraising Chairperson Brad Julien celebrated the launch of ticket sales for the 25th anniversary edition of the Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby with Mayor Jerrod Schafer.

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The Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby celebrates a quarter-century this June. This year’s anniversary fundraiser kicked off on April 24 with an exciting array of prizes including a round-trip for two to any scheduled WestJet destination plus some “extras” for the anniversary celebration.

Executive Director, Teresa Cole, explained that two types of tickets will be sold this year.

“With WestJet again donating a wonderful round-trip for two package to any one of their scheduled destinations, we decided to sell a separate ticket for that item for $5. Our regular $2 tickets will feature three prize opportunities plus this year these tickets will all also be eligible for draws we will do after the race for 25 prizes of $25 cash each – what we are calling our ‘Golden Ducks’ draws.”

The regular $2 yellow tickets offer the following prizes: a Sask. Roughriders package with game tickets, Riders merchandise, gas cards, and restaurant certificates valued at almost $800; a $600 gift card sponsored by Canada Safeway; and a $300 gift certificate sponsored by Sputtergotch Toy Company.

Also to help mark the milestone event, an assortment of take-home duck characters and duck beach balls will be on sale this year.

“These are not the racing ducks and are separate from the tickets,” Cole explains, “but we have had many children in past years ask to buy a duck to take home. This year they will have a choice of dozens of cute little guys - nurse ducks, rock star ducks, grandma and grandpa ducks, hockey player ducks, police ducks, carnival ducks, cowboy ducks, pirate ducks and many more.”

The Duck Derby race will be held on June 2nd,  again in conjunction with the Innovation Credit Union annual “Picnic Inn the Park”. Cole notes that the partnership with Innovation Credit Union is very valuable as the picnic creates an opportunity to have lots of people out for the event plus Innovation helps with ticket sales at their branches and pre-event publicity. The assistance of the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current is also key to the event, as members of the club assist with ticket sales in advance of the event and also do all of the race-day logistics involved in dropping the ducks and wrangling them at the finish line.

Tickets will be on sale at the Wheatland Mall on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the month of May, at a number of local businesses, from SWCS staff and Board members, and at city and rural branches of the Innovation Credit Union. Remaining tickets will be sold at the Picnic on June 2nd, with the race happening at 4 p.m. in the creek on the southside just below the dam.

Cole extends a big thank you to the generous businesses which have sponsored the prizes for the event and to SGI for event sponsorship. “Both the businesses who support us in this way and the many people who purchase tickets help make this our main fundraiser each year,” she notes. Proceeds from the sale of Duck Derby tickets this year go to support programs including Genesis House second-stage housing, the 24 hour Crisis Line, and programming and support services for women and children experiencing abuse.

For more information, please call Teresa at 778-3386 or check out www.swcrisis.ca/news_and_events.html

Organizations: Southwest Crisis Services

Geographic location: Swift Current

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