Rubber Duck Derby To Take Place On June 1st

April 23, 2014

This year’s Duck Derby Race will be held on Sunday, June 1st at Ordnance Island, St. George’s.

The major sponsor for this event is BELCO, who have sponsored the Duck Derby for the past seventeen years, and funds raised will go towards Friends of Hospice, the charity supporting Agape House and hospice care in Bermuda. This is their biggest fundraising event of the year, and the goal for 2014 is $150,000.

Rubber Duck Derby Launch 2014 - 2

The Rubber Duck Derby event will start at 2pm, and there will be food stalls, kiddie land with a bouncy castle, games, face painting,  baked goods, food vendors and live entertainment. The Corporate Duck Race is the first race of the day starting at 3pm, and it will be followed by the Youth, Pamper Me and Family races.

Linda Smith, BELCO Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations said, “BELCO is pleased to sponsor The Rubber Duck Derby. It provides a fun way for the community to assist Agape House, the Island’s only inpatient hospice facility.”

According to Ms. Smith funds raised through the Derby have been used to fund a full time chef, a full time counsellor and art therapist, a volunteer companion programme, additional education for Agape House staff as well as fund ongoing infrastructure improvements to Agape House.

Cathy Belvedere, Executive Director “Whilst cancer diagnosis remains the mainstay of patient admission at Agape House there is a diverse mix of non cancer terminally sick patients. Some are there for a brief respite for symptom management. For the patients who are at Agape for end of life care, we have only one chance to get it right!”

The 2012 Rubber Duck Derby:

Friends of Hospice Chairman, Dr. Ian Fulton, thanked BELCO, raffle prize donors and the public for their support throughout the years through ticket sales and attending the races on Derby Day.

He explained, “Without the support every year from the Bermuda community, we would not be able to provide the services to the patients and families of Agape House. We are committed to the belief that we all have the right to pass our final days with dignity, peace and comfort.”

Rubber Duck Derby tickets are available at Agape House, BELCO, Party’s Plus, Salon Visage or by calling Friends of Hospice at 232-0859. They will also be sold at grocery stores and other locations throughout the Island starting April 30th and throughout the month of May.

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