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Duck Derby campaign kicks off Sept. 20

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

Hundreds of rubber ducks floating down the Oshawa Creek isn’t something that happens every day.

However, this is exactly what will occur Thursday, Sept. 20 as the United Way Durham Region kicks off its 2018 campaign with its second annual Duck Derby.

“Our very first year was very successful. We sold well over 500 ducks last year working with city, and regional employees,” says Sherry MacLeod. “A lot of people came down on their lunch our.”

Beginning at the pedestrian bridge behind the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the ducks will be released into the Oshawa Creek and travel towards the John Street bridge in Brick By Brick Park.

The top three winners will be announced with first place receiving a prize of $1,000, second place $500, and third place $250.

Ducks are available in advance at the United Way office at 345 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa and at the five Halenda’s Meats locations across Durham Region. One duck is $10 and three are $25.

Halenda’s Meats will be cooking up lunch options for those in attendance, with a portion of proceeds supporting the United Way campaign.

The event will run between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

A goal for this year’s campaign has yet to be determined. The United Way raised approximately $2.8 million in 2017. Entering its 78th annual campaign, United Way Durham Region supports 27 organizations offering 160 programs from Ajax to Uxbridge and every community in between.

“For 78 years, the community has come together and put their efforts behind a single campaign which supports a broad range of charitable needs in our community. We are grateful for the many thousands of volunteers and leaders in our community for their annual foresight and proud custodianship of this wonderful legacy of caring, sharing and investing in all those least advantaged, in so doing helping to make this a better community for all,” says United Way campaign and communications director Robert Howard.

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