One of the most enjoyable charity events on the Maple Ridge calendar is still many months away, but a chance to get in on the action will be available soon.
Youth and seniors groups from across the community streamed in to The ACT arts theatre Saturday to pick up their ticket books for the 10th annual Rotary Duck Race.
Each ticket will be exchanged for a rubber ducky, which will be floated down the Alouette River by Maple Ridge Park on Sunday, Aug. 9. The ticket holder with the same number as the winning duck will take home a grand prize of $15,000.
“It’s a great event and we’re hoping to have some families out,” said Mike Scarcella, co-chair of this year’s Rotary Duck Race event.
The organization is aiming to sell all its tickets.
“We haven’t met that goal in the past but this year we’re confident we’re going to get to $99,000,” Scarcella said.
Clifford Mcleod, scout leader for the 1st Whonnock Scout Group, was there bright and early to pick up 30 books.
“We did this last year and sold about 25 books in our first year,” he said.
There is a very good return on sales for the group through the charity, Mcleod added, noting the event in August is a lot of fun, too.
“The kids really like that. They love watching the ducks go down the river,” McLeod said.
Non-profit groups who would like to take part can contact a Rotary Club member, or find more information about participating groups at www.rotaryduckrace.ca.