January 21, 2018
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Rubber duck fundraiser for breast cancer awareness

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Sebasticook Valley Hospital Duck Race Committee gathers ducks crossing the finish line.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Sebasticook Valley Health encourages everyone to rent a rubber duck for breast cancer awareness and watch it cross the finish line on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Manson Park in Pittsfield during its fourth annual Duck Race. Yellow and blue ducks are $5 each, and pink ducks are $10.

The race event begins at 10 a.m. near the parking lot by the Sebasticook River. Net proceeds from the Duck Race will benefit the Nancy Stone Breast Fund at SVH Women’s Health, which provides breast health services for women in need.

Last year’s event was entertaining, as several onlookers watched hundreds of brightly colored “rented” rubber ducks speed down Sebasticook River to the finish line (and into the nets of SVH employees who were in the water to collect them). The race event raised $2,362.

SVH President/CEO Terri Vieira explained in a press release, “This is a fun event for families and a great way for SVH to raise money and awareness for Women’s Health at our hospital. The money we raise at the race helps to provide access for women who do not have the financial means to receive breast care services.”

The ducks will be launched from the Hunnewell Avenue Bridge, and the first duck to cross the finish line wins for the person who rents that duck.

For information about the Duck Race, contact Director of Marketing Jennifer Yarbrough at 487-4000.