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April 9, 2013

Thousands of Derby Ducks still available for prizes

VALDOSTA — With only days before the annual South Georgia Derby Duck Race this weekend, Second Harvest of South Georgia still has thousands of rubber ducks available — meaning thousands of opportunities to win several prizes while feeding thousands of area folks in need.

As of Monday, nearly 5,000 of the available 10,000 rubber ducks have been adopted, according to the food bank’s ashsga.org website.

Money raised through the number of adoptions will feed thousands of people in Second Harvest’s 30-county South Georgia service area.

“One in five people in South Georgia are food insecure,” says Eliza R. McCall, Second Harvest’s chief marketing manager. “That’s 160,000 of our friends and neighbors who don’t know where they will get their next meal. A full third of that group is made up of children. South Georgia’s statistics are higher than the national average, meaning that we have more food insecure people than most of the rest of the nation.”

Second Harvest of South Georgia distributes more one-million pounds of food per month and provides meals to thousands of area children each day.

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 few races, this one will be held on a Saturday, April 13, so more people can attend.

A $5 donation for one duck will feed one child a hot meal each evening for one week through Second Harvest’s Kids Cafe programs. Five ducks feed a child each day for a month; 10 ducks equal a week of milk for 100 children; 25 ducks equals food for every child in a Kids Cafe center for a month; 50 ducks provides 200 kids milk daily for a month; 100 ducks provide 275 kids with fresh fruit daily for a week.

Adding incentive to helping others, the Annual Derby Duck Race has several prizes. There is the first prize of $5,000 cash from First State Bank & Trust; second prize is a $3,000 shopping spree at Steel’s Jewelry; a third prize of a custom golf cart from B&B Custom Golf Carts; a fourth prize of Sunset Farm Foods for a year; a fifth prize of a quail hunt for two courtesy of Lenox River Ranch; a sixth prize of Starbucks for a year; a seventh prize of two Wild Adventures passes; an eighth prize of Chick-Fil-A for a year; a ninth prize of a Super Suds Car Wash for a year; a tenth prize of Bruster’s ice cream for a year; an eleventh prize for a portrait setting and framing with Wes Sewell Photography; a twelfth prize for a Pepsi Tailgate Package.

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

Ten-thousand $5 ducks are available for adoption. Last year, about 5,200 ducks were adopted.

Participants should also remember that all donations are tax de-duck-table.

JUST DUCKY

America’s Second Harvest of South Georgia’s Annual Derby Duck Race.

When: The race takes place 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13.

Where: Splash Island, Wild Adventures.

Donations: $5, single duck.

More information, rules, etc.: Visit ashsga.org; or call (229) 244-2678.

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