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Annual duck race benefits two worthy causes in the Crowsnest Pass

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The ducks are dropped into the water signalling the start of the duck race. The ducks are dropped into the water signalling the start of the duck race. Photo contributed

The Crowsnest Pass Fire and Rescue Department teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of the Crowsnest Pass this year to hold the annual fundraising duck race.


The event took place July 17 with the ducks being dropped off the bridge at the centre access into Blairmore and travelling down the Crowsnest River.
“This was the first year the Crowsnest Pass Fire and Rescue has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club,” says Mark Calvert, deputy fire chief. “They were getting volunteer burnout. We have 54 people on our roster so it’s a bigger pool to draw from.”
Two colour of ducks were sold in the months leading up to the race. Yellow ducks were $5 each and green ducks cost $20 each, but gave people the opportunity to win higher-end prizes. This year there were 1,077 yellow ducks and 119 green ducks racing in the river.
With most of the prizes being donated by local businesses, and volunteers agreeing to do the work, the event this year raised a total of $7,365 which will benefit both fire and rescue and the Boys and Girls Club.
The Crowsnest Pass fire and rescue crew take part in all kinds of rescues including ice, swift water and rope as well as advanced vehicle extrications.
“We’ll be getting some up-to-date equipment,” adds Calvert.
Crowsnest Pass Fire and Rescue is a paid, on-call department covering all of the communities in the Pass. There are four full-time fire fighters who make up the fire smart team.
This year’s duck race did include a barbecue and some of the fire and rescue equipment was on display. Being that it was the inaugural year as a joint fundraiser, Calvert expects next year’s event to likely include more activities for families and children along with the fundraising duck race.
“This duck race with the Boys and Girls Club is a good thing,” he adds. “It’s a really good partnership and it helps the kids in the community. They stepped back, and we stepped up so we could help them out.”
Numerous sponsors made the event possible. Calvert gave thanks to them including Costless Foods, The Brick from Pincher Creek, Tru Hardware, Calaway Park, RCR out of Kimberly, B.C., the Crowsnest Golf Club, Sunshine House Boats and the Cnossen Brothers.

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