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Online ticket sales new for 29th annual duck derby

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Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault speaks to Laura Beddome, the community relations coordinator for Southwest Crisis Services, at the kick-off event for the 29th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby. He purchased the first derby tickets by buying three ducks for $20. Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault speaks to Laura Beddome, the community relations coordinator for Southwest Crisis Services, at the kick-off event for the 29th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby. He purchased the first derby tickets by buying three ducks for $20.

Southwest Crisis Services has made a number of changes to an important fundraising event to attract even more community participation.


Tickets for the 29th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby went on sale May 4 with the addition of a new option to buy tickets online and the attraction of six themed prize packages, each valued at around $1,000.
“We are expanding every aspect of this fundraiser this year,” Southwest Crisis Services Community Relations Co-ordinator Laura Beddome said.
“We decided that we want to go big or go home. So this year we are moving online and we are selling tickets to have a lot more ducks in the water and continue to grow this fundraiser to make it a worthwhile endeavour into the future and have a duck derby that people know about.”
The duck derby has become a popular annual tradition in Swift Current that takes place in association with Innovation Credit Union’s Picnic in the Park.
People buy tickets for numbered plastic ducks, which are then dropped into the Swift Current Creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge.
Their goal is to sell enough tickets to have 5,000 ducks in the water at this year’s event. Picnic in the Park takes place at Riverside Park and the duck derby happens at 4 p.m.
“There have been years where we have had up to 4,000 ducks in the water,” she said. “The last few years have been more like 2,000, and we’ve had all kinds of different situations. We’ve had different types of ducks at different price points, different races taking place and all kinds of changes. So this year we are aiming for 5,000 because we think it’s a great opportunity for people and a lot of fun. We’re also wanting to attract as many people out to watch the race as possible and it’s more exciting when there’s more ducks in the water.”
Ticket prizes are $10 for one duck or $20 for three ducks, which will increase the odds of having a winning duck.
“Those purchases can this year for the first time be made online,” she said. “So it’s really quick and easy through our website and of course that’s a credit card purchase.”
The other options to purchase tickets are still available this year.
People can buy tickets at any Innovation Credit Union advice centre in southwest Saskatchewan or they can purchase tickets from Swift Current Kiwanis volunteers, who will be selling duck derby tickets at the Pioneer Co-op Marketplace from Thursdays to Saturdays during May.
“For cash sales you can connect with any of those venues or call us at Crisis Services at 306-778-3386 to learn more about sales locations,” she said. “We’re going to be out and about in some other places as well. So there may be some other cash purchase opportunities. The online piece is something we’re encouraging people to look into. Share it with others. Really you want to have a duck this year because we have some awesome prices.”
There will be more than $6,400 in prizes available to win through this year’s duck derby.
The six themed prize packages provide different options around three themes.
“Those price packages include awesome offerings from regional businesses and organizations,” she said. “We have two packages themed under self-care, two under date night and two under family fun.”
The first self-care package is valued at $1,453 and includes six health coaching sessions, a massage treatment and one-month yoga membership.
The second self-care package is valued at $1,041 and includes three reflexology sessions and a custom facial at a local spa.
The first date night package has a value of $1,095. It includes two passes to the Long Days Night music festival and 20 tickets to Swift Current 57’s baseball games. The other date night package has a value of $1,021. It also includes 20 baseball tickets and two dinner theatre tickets to an upcoming Swift Current Little Theatre production. Both packages have options for a number of dinners for two people at various restaurants.
Both family fun packages include 30 tickets to Swift Current 57’s baseball games, a movie night family pack for Lyceum Theatre in Gull Lake, and five family pool parties at the Swift Current Aquatic Centre or at Fairview pool.
One package includes five Swift Current Broncos flex game tickets and the other package provides four nine-hole rounds of golf for two adults and two youth at Chinook golf course.
Another addition to this year’s duck derby is the sale of 50/50 raffle ticket. These tickets can also be purchased online or through the other options.
 It is not necessary to purchase a 50/50 ticket when one buys a duck derby ticket. One can buy either or both, and the 50/50 is meant to provide people with another option to win.
The draw for the 50/50 winner will take place immediately after the duck derby on June 4.
Southwest Crisis Services has a longstanding partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current to help with the duck derby. Club members will again be selling tickets and take care of the race logistics. According to Beddome the club has been a part of duck derby from the start.
“They are an essential piece of this fundraiser, contributing all kinds of volunteer hours, selling tickets, promoting the event in the community and ultimately managing all of the logistics of the race and the duck derby itself,” she said. “So we rely heavily on them to make sure that all the equipment is arranged, that the ducks are caught and don’t make their way down the rest of the creek, that the winning six ducks are plucked out of the water so that those winners can get their price packages and that everybody has a great time.”
The duck derby is an important fundraiser for Southwest Crisis Services and the money will be used to deliver programs and services in support of children, youth, adults and families.
“We still operate a safe shelter for women and children here in the community and its serves all of the southwest,” she said. “We have an outreach support counselling service, which works with people one on one, in a couple setting, with families and in groups to help people take the steps that they’re ready to take in their life and overcome trauma, change mindset, change behaviour, and transform relationships. We’re doing a lot of great work in this area and we’d love to be able to grow that program at some point.
Southwest Crisis Services also operates a confidential 24-hour crisis helpline for southwest Saskatchewan. It provides free support for anyone who needs supportive listening or assistance to resolve issues.
“There are people who want that confidential, anonymous support and they just need someone to talk to and to get information and referral and connection to other resources in the community,” she said. There is an ongoing need in the region for the different services provided by Southwest Crisis Services. It is a non-profit organization and operates on a tight budget.
“We have a constant demand for our services,” she said. “So as a relatively small organization we just know at any time that we are trying to grow to meet the demand. The demand is well beyond what we are able to provide.”
For more information about the duck derby, the themed prize packages and to buy tickets online, visit the Southwest Crisis Services website at: www.swcrisis.ca.

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