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Alliston Lions Duck Race a win for the community

June 7, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The Alliston Lions Club hosted its annual Boyne River Classic Duck Race & Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 1.

The event raised $4,750 for the Lions – who will use proceeds to fund various community projects into the future – and featured a family fun zone complete with a bouncy castle, face painting and barbecue. The event, of course, also featured the sale of plastic, numbered ducks ($10/each) that battled down the Boyne River, with the first to finish winning prize money for those with matching ticket numbers. 

In five heats the five winners were determined, and the winners are:

• 1st Prize $1500 – Linette Perry

• 2nd Prize $750 – Alisha Cooke

• 3rd Prize $500 – Ruben Freire 

Twenty-two runner up prizes of $50 each were also awarded as follows: Zac Small, Mark Hancock, Karen Caughey, Sergio Correia, Tracey Constant, Jenny Gillison, Lorne Downey, Wayne Robichaud, Peter Krol, Judy Richard, Greg Palmer, Lion Dale Kingsley, Colleen Kotnisz, Violet Nash, Chad Russell, Chad Russell, A.J. Lunn, Ilda Rowsner, Kevin Grechulk, Kim McDonald, Christina Newberry, Fran Fagan.

The Alliston Lions Club began hosting its Duck Race again in 2015, after a brief hiatus, honouring Alliston Lions of the past.  

“We were looking for a fun community event for all ages that also helped us raise funds for worthy causes,” said Alliston Lions Club president, Allison Stumpo. “The community fun day is free so parents can bring their children to enjoy the bouncy castle and games at no cost and all the children go home with a prize.”

This year, funds will support juvenile diabetes and paediatric cancer through programs that support children in the local area.

“We have funded $15,000 for an accessible swing and features at the refurbished Hanley Park in Alliston,” said Stumpo. “We are also in the planning stages for benches and a garden at the Sir Frederick Banting Homestead to enable people to enjoy the outdoors at the Homestead after visiting the exhibits and educational tours.”

For the past 80 years the Alliston Lions Club has been serving the community, in stride with Lions Club International – an organization with 46,000 service clubs worldwide. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month and works to support the community through fundraising initiatives and drives. The Lions Hall on Boyne Street is also available for rental by inquiry.

For more information about the Alliston Lions – its programs and initiatives – ‘Like’ them on Facebook or visit


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