20 April 2017
Moscow – Tele2, an alternative mobile operator, has supported the charity duck race organized by the Reach for Change foundation for social initiatives to solve childhood problems. All funds raised at the event will be donated to the projects aiming to support children.
The fourth charity duck festival will take place in Vorontsovskiy Park in Moscow on 27 May 2017. The goal of the charity duck race is to raise funds for the Reach for Change foundation. As a part of the event, several thousands of yellow rubber ducks will be floated off to the park’s central pond and will rush to finish along a cordoned off route under a stream shot by water cannon.
The aim of the charity duck race is to raise funds for the Reach of Change foundation for support of social programs and to draw attention to initiatives of social entrepreneurs in Russia. Any Russian resident may join the festival – it is just necessary to buy at least one rubber duck and register it on duckrace.ru. One may purchase yellow “sportsmen” from organizers on the day of the event.
All registered rubber ducks will fight for the victory in the race whereas owners of two swimmers that arrive to the finish first and owner of the last participant will get Tele2 prizes: Samsung Galaxy A3, two SIMs with vanity numbers and starter balance of 1000 rubles.
The duck race is a popular charity event held in many countries. In Russia it was first organized by the Reach for Change foundation, since then it takes place annually. In 2016, around 3000 ducks took part in the race. The foundation donated all gathered money to non-governmental organizations working to improve children’s lives and protect their interest.
Organizations that will be supported by the Reach for Change this year include:
- The Moscow project on the “Interaction” inclusive theatre where actors with Down syndrome perform. The theatre allows teenagers to get professional drama training and change attitude of society to special kids and adults by nurturing their talents and personal qualities of actors.
- The Urals project on designing special three-wheel bikes for children with lesions of the musculoskeletal system. Such bikes help children move without any help and become an important tool of rehabilitation and socialization.
- The Siberian project on developing a compact device for visually impaired children: it helps developing orientation and mobility skills, encouraging them to move with confidence both indoors and outdoors. The device helps socializing children who feel imprisoned by their disease and ashamed of using white cane.
During the duck festival guests will be able to meet personally authors of these projects and find out more about the job aiming to enhance children’s lives.