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Annual Charleston Charity Duck Race Returns to Daniel Island

"Rubber ducks racing stream"

Annual Charleston Charity Duck Race Returns to Daniel Island

The annual spectacle known as the Charleston Charity Duck Race is back, set to flood the pond at Guggenheim Terrace with 30,000 rubber ducks on Saturday, May 4. Yellow-clad Rotarians from clubs across the region converge on Daniel Island to facilitate this one-of-a-kind event that supports various local charities.

The Cause Behind the Quackers

Sponsored by Daniel Island-based club and in collaboration with nine other Rotary clubs across the Charleston region, this 18th Charity Duck Race is expected to be an exciting one. The race has since its genesis in 2007, amassed over $2 million for an assortment of nonprofits and Rotary projects.

According to Daniel Island Rotarian and Fundraising Chair Evan Murray, they have always prioritized supporting local charities. Previous supported causes ranged from Alzheimer’s research to low country orphan relief and children empowerment initiatives through organizations like Girls on the Run. This year, the race aims to raise $250,000 with amounts from $5,000 to $10,000 directed towards each charity.

Beneficiaries of the Race

Among the beneficiaries this year is the Shifa Clinic, an outreach prevention program providing free medical services on the Cainhoy Peninsula. The respected health facility is grateful for the donation which Dr Reshma Khan, Shifa’s director of health services claimed, will greatly support their services to uninsured and income-eligible families.

Charleston HALOS, another beneficiary, plans to use their share of the funds to expand their kinship care program. According to HALOS’ executive director, Jed Dews, the contribution will play an instrumental role in providing critical goods and services for kinship families.

The Magic of Duck Adoptions

Community members can adopt a duck for $10 online until the evening before the race at or in person on the day of the event. The race promises prize money of up to $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $1,000 each for third to seventh places. Attendance at the race is not prerequisite to winning.

Fun and Games on Race Day

The organisers of the event assure that it is as much about fun as it is about charitable fundraising. Rotarian George Roberts, the Public Relations Chair for the race stated, “Just the event concept itself is fun. Who can’t have fun with a duck race?” The day will include an array of activities for all groups such as duck-themed games, face painting, balloon animals, and a photo booth.

Event Highlights

On top of these activities, there will be exciting treat stands for cotton candy and shaved ice. The event, which is free to attend, is planned to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

For those wishing to learn more about the upcoming 2024 Charleston Charity Duck Race, or those interested in adopting a duck, information can be found on the official race website at

Annual Charleston Charity Duck Race Returns to Daniel Island

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