Rubber duck derby gives way to butterflies


A rubber duck fundraiser for the island’s hospice is to be replaced with a butterfly hunt this year, the organisers have announced.

Friends of Hospice said the 22-year-old Rubber Duck Derby, held in St George’s Harbour, had been “a much anticipated event”, but it was felt that the new Butterfly Blast better reflected the work of Agape House in Paget.

Jennifer Mahoney, the executive director of Friends of Hospice, said: “This event is a great way for families to get out and participate in fun activities in a safe, socially distanced manner.

“I think we all need a fun release at this juncture and this event will provide that. The introduction of the butterflies is extremely exciting as it marks the beginning of a new chapter for us as an organisation.”

The Butterfly Blast, to be held in Victoria Park in Hamilton, will feature a large clear dome and helpers will net the artificial butterflies to determine the winners of raffle prizes.

The event will continue to sponsored by the Lindo’s supermarket group, a longstanding supporter of the charity.

Zach Moniz, the manager of the Lindo’s, said: “The amazing love and support the hospice provides is an essential component of our community surpassed only by the people who care for our loved ones at Agape House.

“We urge all those who can to come out and support the Butterfly Blast and the Friends of Hospice to help ensure our loved ones are well looked after in our hour of most need.”

The event will be held on September 12 between noon and 4pm and also feature entertainment, including singer Joy T Barnum, the Coral Beats, In Motion Dancers, Place’s New Generation Gombeys and Sophia Cannonier’s Padma Aerial Arts Team. Wholesalers BGA will run the Tide Monarch Mayhem tent and have supported the Friends of Hospice food tent.

For more information, contact executive.director@hospice.bm or on Facebook @FriendsofHospiceBda

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Published Aug 8, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 8, 2020 at 8:14 am)

Rubber duck derby gives way to butterflies

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