Get your rubber duckies in a row, May 27

Help students at Oak Bay High school raise funds for the Bowker Creek Initiative.

Niamh O’Reilly

Niamh O’Reilly

Get out your rubber duckies and help students at Oak Bay High School raise funds for the Bowker Creek Initiative.

The 14th annual Rubber Ducky Race, organized by Oak Bay High’s Environment Club, is a family-friendly event featuring a rubber ducky race, games for kids, and creek clean-up.

“It’s a combination of fun and also getting everyone in the community out, and raising awareness at the same time,” said Katie Hackett, an Oak Bay High student and one of the leaders of the Environment Club.

Hackett, along with fellow club leader Niamh O’Reilly, were in charge of organizing this year’s event. They’re hoping for a bigger turnout than previous years in order to raise more funds for the initiative, Hackett said.

The Environment Club aims to raise a total of $500 from the event to help restore the creek. Last year, the event raised $300, she said.

Throughout the school year, the club has also held bake sales and sold calendars to raise funds for the initiative.

“It’s important because it’s a local issue in Oak Bay,” Hackett said.

Other organizations, such as the Dogwood Initiative, will also have booths set up on site.

Hackett encourages people to come out to get involved and learn about other initiatives in the community.

The event takes place on May 27 at St. Ann Pond, just west of St. Ann Street, with a creek clean-up at 11 a.m. and the duck race at 1 p.m.

Rubber duckies can be purchased at the event, or in advance at the Oak Bay Pharmasave, 2200 Oak Bay Ave. It costs $2 for one duck, or $5 for three ducks.