Rubber ducky race raises funds for health clinic

Duck race

Duck race

The psychology honor society, Psi Chi, helped raise funds for the nonprofit Shalom Free Clinic, a health clinic that provides care for Chico residents and students, with a rubber duck race.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 12:07 pm

Rubber ducky race raises funds for health clinic

Pedro Quintana

The Orion


Chico State psychology students dropped yellow rubber ducks in the Big Chico Creek on Wednesday afternoon to raise more than $500 dollars for the Shalom Free Clinic.

Psi Chi, the international psychology honor society, will split the money with the clinic and the organization, said Sarah Fontaine, a senior psychology major.

PSi Chi students charged $3 to sponsor a duck, she said.

“It is a really fun event for our organization and for a good cause,” she said.

One day, a professor in the psychology department looked through a closet and found a crate of rubber ducks, Fontaine said. Past students held ducky derby as a fun event in the creek and the organization thought it was a great idea to keep the tradition going.

Fontaine started volunteering at the Shalom Free Clinic last year, and decided to give back to the nonprofit organization.

The clinic offers free medical treatment and offer services for mental health, she said.

Students lined up at the bridge by Plumas Hall to see the winning rubber duck, the winner won a gift card to Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi, a local teppanyaki restaurant.

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