The Rotary Club of Comox Ducky 500 is an entirely online fundraiser this year. Photo supplied.

The Rotary Club of Comox Ducky 500 is an entirely online fundraiser this year. Photo supplied.

Rotary Club of Comox Ducky 500 adopts online format

Tickets on sale now for the John Marinus Memorial Ducky 500

The Rotary Club of Comox Ducky 500 is returning for 2021, in an entirely virtual format.

That’s right. The Ducky 500 is now online.

For 34 years, eager Comox Valley residents have snapped up Ducky 500 tickets from members of the Rotary Club of Comox. Now tickets for the unique raffle are online at www.ducky500.ca

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the traditional July 1 release of 6,500 rubber ducks into the Puntledge River won’t happen this year, but it hasn’t impeded the needs in the community that are funded by the proceeds of the Ducky 500. The Rotary Club of Comox has made good use of the money raised from the Ducky 500 of the years, including addressing homelessness, providing play areas for children and other projects to benefit the community.

Tribute to John Marinus

For years, John Marinus sold more Ducky 500 tickets than any other single person. In fact, in some years he sold as much as 25 per cent of the tickets. His death this past year was a loss to the entire community, not just the Rotary Club of Comox. Marinus was a pillar of the community with essential involvement in the Legion, the Comox Fire Department and as a councillor for the Town of Comox.

To honour John, this year’s online Ducky 500 raffle is being referred to as the John Marinus Memorial Ducky 500.

There’s also a new pricing format being introduced in 2021.

Ducky 500 tickets have been $10 apiece for 34 years running, but for the first time there are other options. Single tickets are still available for $10, but now there is also the option of buying three for $25 or 10 for $75.

Great prizes

Prizes for the 2021 running of the Ducky 500 include a first prize of 2 Momentum LaFree electric bikes or $5,000 cash, a Comox Valley Staycation at Crown Isle, a $1,000 Canadian Tire gift card and a $500 Thrifty Foods gift card.

As usual, the Ducky 500 prizes will be awarded on July 1, but this year there won’t be a massive crowd along the Courtenay River and across the 5th Street bridge cheering on their duck. The winners will also be determined online.

To get your ticket for the 2021 Ducky 500, go online to www.ducky500.ca The community will thank you.

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