Last year’s duck race raised almost $70,000. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Last year’s duck race raised almost $70,000. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

8th annual Rotary Duck Race returns this weekend

Last year’s duck race raised nearly $70,000 for local youth and senior groups.

The dream of owning a luxury sports car will come true for one lucky participant of the eigth annual Rotary Duck Race along he Alouette River on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Haney and Meadow Ridge Rotary clubs are hosting the annual duck race lottery to support not-for-profit youth and senior groups in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

The ticket for the duck that crosses the finish line first wins a new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider convertible, donated by Maple Ridge Chrysler.

Each ticket costs $10, with $9 going to the organization that sold it, and $1 going back to the Rotary clubs, which donates the extra cash to KidSport, a not-for-profit group that gives financial assistance to kids who want to play sports.

Bonnie Telep, with the Haney Rotary Club, said it’s a way to generate money for local groups.

“We support them, we take the tickets and tables and put them in the venues. All they have to do is sell the tickets. It’s a great way to get money into our communities and seniors’ groups.”

Telep added that most of the tickets are being sold in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows area.

Last year, just under $70,000 worth of ducks were sold. This year, the goal is $99,000 – the maximum number of ducks that can be sold.

“Where can you make that kind of money?” said Telep.

The groups that participated in the fundraiser receive cheque presentations in September.

Other prizes include $1,000 cash and $1,000 Mark’s shopping spree, a Meadow Gardens personal golf tournament valued at $1,040, a 55-inch Samsung smart TV from Haney Sewing and Sound valued at $1,455, and a BrandSource Fuller Watson furniture package valued at $1,000.

Duck adopters will meet at Maple Ridge Park on Alouette River at 11 a.m. and the duck race begins at 1 p.m.

• For more information about the duck race and where to purchase tickets, email or call Irena Shantz at 604-328-8534.