Auctioneer Ken Threlkeld takes bids from the crowd during a past Ducks Unlimited event in Quesnel. Live auctions and banquets are not possible with COVID-19, leaving the group to rely on raffle sales to fundraise. (File Photo)

Auctioneer Ken Threlkeld takes bids from the crowd during a past Ducks Unlimited event in Quesnel. Live auctions and banquets are not possible with COVID-19, leaving the group to rely on raffle sales to fundraise. (File Photo)

Ducks Unlimited fundraiser going strong despite COVID-19

Quesnel group says locals have stepped up to support during pandemic

Ducks Unlimited fundraising efforts in Quesnel are plowing ahead, despite COVID-19 challenges. The group is in the middle of a raffle, with tickets to be sold until the end of April.

Ray Kinloch is the chairperson of Ducks Unlimited in Quesnel. He said the community has stepped up to support the group during the pandemic.

“We can’t go door to door,” he said, laughing. “Through our contacts in the community, I’m quite confident we will sell at least another 400 anyway… The local supporters who patronize Ducks Unlimited on a regular basis have really stepped up to the plate.”

Kinloch said some of their usual sponsors and donors upped their contribution for the year.

“I can’t get over how generous this community is,” he said.

With the early bird $500 draw completed, Kinloch said the group has sold around 500 tickets of the 1,100 they can sell for the raffle.

Complicating matters is the inability to sell lottery licenced tickets online, while advertising through Facebook and email.

“It’s been a little more difficult,” Kinloch said “To date we’ve relied on people who usually contribute to Ducks Unlimited.”

Luckily for Quesnel Ducks Unlimited, they can still sell via phone. People looking to nab an entry and get in the running for one of ten prizes can call Russ or Pat Bolitho at 250-992-3485. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50, with the draw taking place noon on Saturday, May 1.

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