On Sunday, July 29th, the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center dropped over 20,000 ducks in the Conestoga River for its 24th annual Rubber Duckie Race and Festival fundraiser. Nine volunteers from WEBstaurantStore.com were there to catch the ducks, soak up some river water and have fun.
An integral part of Schreiber Pediatric’s fundraising, this event brought in over $105,000, which will go towards the center’s therapeutic and support programs. In addition to sending duckies down the river, the event offered games, pony rides, food and more.”
Back in the river, volunteers waded in the murky waters and readied canoes, buckets, barrels and nets to catch the ducks as they were released into the water. Despite a downpour simultaneous with the duck drop, volunteers and staff stood strong and, using hands, shirts, hats and anything else they could think of, caught every duck that floated downstream. Ducks were hauled up the muddy shore, and deposited into barrels.
Regardless of standing waist-deep in river water while getting soaked with rain water, all of the volunteers stated how much fun they had helping out this worthy cause. Thoughts from WEBstaurantStore.com volunteers follow…
“It was awesome to see the 25,000 duckies coming right at us down the river; there were so many! With the sudden downpour, we had no choice other than to get completely soaked, [but] at least we had a lot of fun doing it for a great cause!” – Melissa Bechtold
“Collecting 25,000 ducks sounded daunting but I was quite impressed how fast everyone got them scooped up! I’d read about this event in the paper for a long time but never knew much about it, so it was nice to get to go and see how it worked.” – Emily Gertenbach
“It was fun to see the community come together for a good cause. I was expecting there to be a couple hundred ducks, but there were thousands, so I felt like our help was very appreciated!” – Jackie Keefer
Volunteers from The WEBstaurantStore pose for a photo op before the race, and the rain, began.
Volunteers and staff race to collect the 25,000 ducks floating down the Conestoga River. Nets, canoes, buckets, hands and anything else readily available were used to help catch the ducks.
Volunteers collected most of the ducks using canoes. The canoes were then dragged up the muddy shore to be emptied into bins.
Volunteers from The WEBstaurantStore climb the slick banks of the river once all of the ducks had been collected.
Volunteers were also in charge of helping to clean up the station created for the duck race. These heavy cinder blocks held down metal poles used to hold the rope for the finish line!
Once out of the river, volunteers on the shores quickly worked to empty the canoes and buckets so they could be used to catch more ducks.