Disney Citizenship and Cruise Ships: Racing Ducks for WishesWhit Honea
You may recall a recent post in which I discussed the “It’s a Small World Rubber Duck Race” at Disneyland held each year by cast members to raise money for the local Make-A-Wish foundation—turns out that racing ducks is even bigger at Disney than we thought.
NOTE: Not real ducks! Relax, Donald.
Disney Cruise Line just completed their first “AquaDucky Derby” to raise money for Make-A-Wish International—$14,000 was donated!
The event took place across all four Disney Cruise Line ships and thousands of guests and crew volunteered their time to race rubber ducks through the pools and water coasters (depending on the ship’s features) for a good cause.
Participants purchased a yellow rubber duck, decorated it, and then the race was on, or in the vernacular of our athletes, the race was “quack.”
All of the funds raised go directly to Make-A-Wish International, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in 48 different countries. According to the press release for the event, “Since the first-ever official wish experience 32 years ago, Disney has helped grant more than 81,000 wishes globally and is involved in nearly 50 percent of the wishes granted each year.”
That is amazing.
The “AquaDucky Derby” also coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program. Disney VoluntEARS is a fantastic program, and a wonderful example of Disney Citizenship. It provides cast and crew members with the opportunity to support worthy causes and strengthen communities around the world through their time and actions. I am especially excited that the “AquaDucky Derby” afforded guests the chance to participate as well—working together for the good of others is the best kind of magic.