AUSTIN (KXAN) — Come August, don’t be surprised to see thousands of rubber ducks floating on by in Lady Bird Lake. That’s because the second annual Duck Derby will be launching 10,000 rubber ducks into the water to race toward a finish line — all benefiting Austin-area Boys & Girls Clubs.
Hosted by the Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation, the event happens Saturday, Aug. 8. The Austin Fire Department is pitching in to help the duckies make their way in Lady Bird Lake.
When you adopt a duck, money goes into a sustainable fund to help ensure that there will continue to be Boys & Girls Clubs in the Austin area for a long time to come.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs is the No. 1 youth-development agency in the Austin area, helping over 12,000 kids every year,” said event coordinator Gina Hill, who spoke about what she calls phenomenal results. “Eighty-seven percent of the kids who attend Boys & Girls Clubs have higher GPAs than their peers who do not attend clubs, and they 100 percent graduation-rate on time.”
Hill says Austin Boys & Girls Club really serves as a place for kids to go where people care about their success, adding that they become productive members of society as a result of their after-school care that they receive in Boys & Girls Clubs. Hill says it makes a big difference, and she’d like to see the community participate in the Duck Derby.
Check out this website to find out how to adopt your own racing duck.What prizes do you get if your duck wins?
- Grand prize: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta
- Second: 2015 Ducati motorcycle
- Third: One-week stay in Telluride, Co., at Fairmont Heritage Place