Rubber Duck Derby Set For Sunday, June 7th

April 21, 2015

Friends of Hospice together with BELCO today [Apr 21] launched the 19th Annual Rubber Duck Derby, which will be held on Sunday, June 7th at Ordnance Island in St. George’s.

The upcoming Duck Derby, generously sponsored by BELCO since its inception, will aim to raise $150,000 for 2015, with funds going to Friends of Hospice, the charity supporting Agape House and hospice care in Bermuda.

19th Annual Rubber Duck Launch (2)

The Rubber Duck Derby event will start at 2:00 pm. 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 3:00 pm. This will be followed by the Youth, Pamper Me and Family races.

Denton Williams, BELCO Chief Operating Officer, 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.”

Mr. Williams explained that funds raised through the Derby have been used to fund a chef, a counsellor and art therapist, a volunteer companion programme, additional education for Agape House staff, as well as ongoing infrastructure improvements to Agape House.

19th Annual Rubber Duck Launch (1)

Cathy Belvedere, Executive Director, said, “Whilst cancer diagnosis remains the mainstay of patient admission at Agape House, we also serve non-cancer patients, who have a range of other terminal illnesses. Some patients are with us for a brief stay for symptom management.

“This year we will introduce our Day Programme for Caregivers, which is a spin off from our successful Outpatient Adult Day Hospice Programme, now in its fourth year. For the patients who are at Agape for end of life care, we have only one chance to get it right!.”

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

A look at last year’s Rubber Duck Derby

He said, “Without the support every year from the Bermuda community, we would not be able to provide life-enhancing services to the patients and families of Agape House. We are committed to ensuring that everyone has the right to pass our final days with dignity, peace and comfort.”

The public is encouraged to attend the races and be a part of a fun-filled experience for all! Rubber Duck Derby tickets locations can be found on Friends of Hospice Facebook page or by calling Friends of Hospice at 232-0859. Tickets are now on sale and through June 5th.

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