By MARC LUTZ
Business Journal Editor
It’s more than a drop in the bucket. It’s a big drop. In a big bucket.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council is giving the community a chance to make a difference by participating in the Ducky Derby this Saturday at Weber Point in Downtown Stockton. The funds raised by the event are used for child abuse prevention within the community.
People can “adopt” a rubber duck that will then be entered into the derby. The adopted ducks are all dropped into the water off Weber Point. The first to cross the finish line is the winner.
“Fundraising is often directed toward crisis/respite care, which is emergency child care for parents in crisis,” CAPC Director Christina Gilbert said.
Examples of crisis/respite care include single parents who begin new jobs but don’t necessarily have childcare for two weeks, or parents who have court dates to attend but no childcare.
Other programs funded by the derby are a 24-hour advice line for parents and preschool programs located throughout San Joaquin County.
“Programs like these really do help protect children from being left in far less desirable, if not completely unsafe situations,” Gilbert said.
This year’s goal is to reach $10,000. As of the writing of this article, $6,430 had been raised.
Those wanting to adopt a duck can still do so by donating online at www.capcducks.com until 12 noon today, or they can attend the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Weber Point. Rubber duck adoptions can still be made in person up until 1:45 p.m. before the ducks are let loose.
Attendance for this year’s event is expected to top 1,500 people.
The Ducky Derby is in its fourth year. Gilbert said the attendance and donations have grown year-over-year.
“Our first year we had 500-plus people in attendance and raised $40,000,” Gilbert said. “This is the second year in a row that we will partner with Stockton Police Youth Activities Association, as they host a Safety Fair at Weber Point. The attendance last year was more than 1,500 and we raised $60,000!”