Inaugural Duck Dash to benefit Family Y program

The inaugural Augusta Duck Dash, benefitting the Family Y’s A Place to Dream program, will be Saturday, Oct. 21, beginning at 10 a.m.

“It’s a seriously fun event with a seriously important goal: save local infants from SIDS and make sure children have a safe place to sleep at night,” according to a news release from the Family Y.

Hundreds of rubber ducks will be released into the Augusta Canal, and they will “race” to the finish line. People can purchase ducks for a chance to win prizes.

Before the ducks are spilled into the water, there will be a free fall festival, with bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, games, a costume contest, Jeep contest and trunk or treat at the Savannah Rapids Park near the Mill House/Canal.

Ducks are available for purchase by clicking here. Online sales will end at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20. People do not have to be present to win.

Since 2017, the Family Y of Greater Augusta has provided more than 1,540 beds to children in need. Through a new partnership with Wellstar MCG Health, the Family Y is extending the program to provide pack-n-plays to families in need with infants.

“Too many local families have trouble affording a safe place for their infant to sleep,” the release said.

In Richmond County, 16 babies died in 2021 and 2022 because of unsafe sleeping surfaces.

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