Kiva Doane wins $25,000 in Terrace Rotary's 2022 Wild Duck Race
"Wouldn't it be nice to have something good happen about now?", Kiva Doane asked her partner after a rather frustrating Monday Morning.
Both of them were aware that the Rotary Club of Terrace was holding its Wild Duck Race that morning -- and they had a ticket -- and she joked "well, hey! Maybe our duck will finish first!"
Less than an hour later, she was excitedly on the phone with him, exclaiming "Remember what I said about our duck finishing first....?"
Kiva had just received a call from the Rotary Club's Rich Toomey, who told her that her duck was indeed the first to cross finish line strung across the Skeena River, and that she was the winner of $25,000.
She wasn't the only winner on BC Day; the others (photos below) were:
      2nd prize (a half-hour helicopter ride from Canadian Helicopters)  --    Stacey Stewart
      3rd prize (a $500 Safeway Gift Card)  --  Goretti Hansen
      4th prize (a $500 Canadian Tire Gift Card)  --  Scott Seifert
The Wild Duck Race has been a Terrace Riverboat Days tradition for more than four decades, but this year's edition was the first in three years, with the COVID pandemic forcing the club to hold a ticket draw instead the past two years.
The proceeds from this year's race haven't been tabulated yet, but it's estimated about $70,000 worth of tickets were purchased -- and as always, all the money raised will go to Rotary and community projects in and around the Terrace area as well as internationally.
Over the past year, Terrace Rotary has contributed over $107,000 to community projects as well as $25,000 of in-kind work.
Below is a list of some of the recipients:
- Terrace Women’s Resource Society Imagination Library: $5000
- Terrace Minor Hockey Association sponsorship: $400
- Salvation Army Christmas hampers: $2500
- Terrace Churches Food Bank: $2000
- Terrace Boy Scouts Kayak program life jackets: $1750
- Thornhill Primary PAC Climbing Wall: $5000
- Caledonia PAC Rugby Scrum Machine: $2000
- Dare to Dream Foundation Band Retreat: $1000
- Veritas PAC grade 8 field trip: $1000
- Skeena Middle School PAC GPS Units: $1653.28
- REM Lee Hospital Foundation: $10,000
- Rotary World Help: $290
- Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund: $500
- My Mountain Co-op Snow Angels Program: $2500
- Stitching Generations Quilt Supplies: $3000
- Rotary Club of Lautoka Fiji girls sanitary kits: $1500
- Snow Valley Nordic Skiing Club Safe System for Snow Cat: $2000
- Skeena Valley Rotary Club Starfish Backpack: $6500
- Kinsmen Kin Camp Hedge: $5000
- Rotary Foundation: $2000
- Rotary Foundation Polio: $2000
As always, Terrace Rotary is grateful for the community's support in this year's Duck Race -- we'll be back again next year!!
Below:  2nd prize winner Stacey Stewart, 3rd prize winner Goretti Hansen and 4th prize winner Scott Seifert (with Rotary's Rich Toomey)