Valdosta Daily Times

March 19, 2014

Derby Duck Race returns to feed the hungry

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Second Harvest of South Georgia has never ducked its responsibilities for feeding the region’s hungry people, but ducks — thousands of ducks — have helped the food bank get the job done for the past several years.

It’s time to get down to the business of ducks once again.

Second Harvest has launched its annual South Georgia Derby Duck Race.

Previous duck derbies have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the area food bank.

South Georgia Derby Duck Race is one of the organization’s biggest events in terms of money raised and public awareness for the food bank’s mission against hunger.

As with the past derby duck races, the race of the duckies will take place in Wild Adventures Splash Island’s Paradise River. Like the past several races, this one will be held on a Saturday, April 26, so more people can attend.

A $5 donation for one duck will feed one child a hot meal each evening for one week through America’s Second Harvest’s Kids Cafe programs. Two ducks provide a 55-pound bag of food for a family of four. Five ducks ensure a senior citizen has a hot meal each day for a week, and 10 ducks equal a week of milk for 100 children.

Adding incentive to helping others, the Annual Derby Duck Race has several prizes including $5,000 cash from First State Bank & Trust; a $2,500 shopping spree at Steel’s Jewelry; a golf cart from B&B Custom Golf Carts; and more.

Ducks may be “adopted” now through America’s Second Harvest, and duck certificates are available.

Participants should also remember that all donations are tax deductible.

At A Glance:

Second Harvest of South Georgia’s Annual Derby Duck Race

When: The race takes place April 26.

Where: Splash Island, Wild Adventures.

More information, rules, etc.: Visit www.FeedingSGA.org