Just ducky – that may be an apt way to describe the mood around an upcoming fundraiser for the Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA).
The Ducky Race in Chisholm Park in downtown Antigonish will take place Sunday, July 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The rain date is Sunday, July 23 – same time, same location.
“We have 500 little rubber ducks and we are going to throw them in the river,” Lindsay Chisholm, ACALA administrative assistant, said in outlining the fundraiser.
Rubber ducks can be purchased for $10 each, or three for $25.
“If your duck is one of the first three to cross the finish line, you win one of the prizes,” she added.
Those winners will receive a patio set, valued at $1,000; camping equipment ($500 value) and lawn and garden package ($250).
Chisholm noted Canadian Tire Antigonish owner, Michael Tourond, “helped us out with securing some prizes.”
“I would like to mention that Arsenault Monuments also donated a garden stone that will be included in our third-place prize pack,” she said.
Along with the main event ducky race, Chisholm noted the fun-filled family day will include food, music and games – such as bean bag toss.
“I hope people come out and have fun,” she said.
Although it is a fundraiser, she noted, it means more than that for ACALA.
“We want to be part of the community. We want to show that we can offer these things; kind of, get our names and faces our there a little bit,” Chisholm said.
“Just to let people know that we are here and welcoming to everyone.”
As its website – www.acalalearn.ca – indicates, ACALA is a community, not-for-profit organization that has provided adult and family learning opportunities in the Antigonish area since 1994.
ACALA’s mission statement and mandate includes three goals: to support and promote lifelong learning; to promote literacy networking and awareness; to encourage and support learning initiatives in partnership with adult learners, volunteers, educators, school boards, government departments and other community organization.
Chisholm said the ducky race fundraiser proceeds will benefit ACALA’s summer programs.
“We aim to provide as many people [as possible] with learning opportunities in the Antigonish area.
“The more funds we have the more we can do,” she added.
Chisholm talked about the benefit of not interrupting programs and services.
“It’s a little bit quieter in the summer – a lot of people like to take summers off, but there is still, definitely, interest, especially with people preparing for GED, or who want to go back to school in the fall – to get ready, if they need extra credits or anything like that, so we certainly try to help out as best we can,” she said.
Chisholm noted early feedback about the upcoming ducky race has been positive.
“People seem to be interested,” she added, noting she is “having a lot of fun with it.”
“I think it will be a great day,” she added.
Rubber ducks, which can be purchased at ACALA’s office in the People’s Place Library, room 120, will also be available [if not sold out] on the day of the race.