Mark your calendars, Smarties, KinderMourn’s Hope Floats Duck Race is this Sunday, May 1, at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Kindermourn is a wonderful organization that supportsthe cause of comforting bereaved parents and grieving children.
The 12th annual event from 2 to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine, will host thousands of local Charlotteans for live music, family-friendly activities and the signature duck race. The day’s wacky highlight comes at 3:30 p.m. as 15,000 yellow rubber duckies – each one “adopted” by a KinderMourn supporter – race down the rapids to the finish line. Among the prizes is $2,500 in cash if your duck finishes first. The real winner, of course, is KinderMourn, which counts on the duck race to raise 20 percent of its annual budget. This year’s goal: $135,000.
Ducks can be “adopted” at www.kindermourn.org. Severe weather such as a sudden thunderstorm is all that keeps the ducks from racing. The event is free. U.S. National Whitewater Center parking is $5.
The brightly colored ducks have come to symbolize the hope that the bereaved find in KinderMourn. Since 1978, the nonprofit has offered professional counseling, support groups, after-school and summer camps for parents who have lost a child, and children and teens who have lost a family member or friend. In 2015, more than 4,000 people participated in KinderMourn offerings. In addition, KinderMourn’s Helping the Hurt program was offered in 80 Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, helping 1,200 students deal with a death in their family. Read More →