Duck visits all 50 states to raise money for cancer research | WDVM25 and DCW50
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – A 20 inch plush yellow duck is traveling by jeep around state to raise funds for cancer research in children of St. Jude.
The idea came from Lisa Unverzagt as a way to combine her love of all things Jeep with their love for the job of St. Jude.
When she first posted the idea to Facebook, she said the response was overwhelming. Thousands of Jeep owners have volunteered to help move Mr. Vanderquack and his luggage from state to state in a bid to raise money and joy along the way.
The plan is to visit more than 650 cities and invite people to line up on the streets and greet the convoy. The trip, which began September 3 in Saint-Louis, is expected to last more than three months.
For those wondering “Why a duck?” Unverzagt explains that it comes from the “duck,” which she says is the practice of spreading joy and expressing appreciation for another person’s Jeep by leaving a little rubber duck on their vehicle.
“[Mr. Vanderquack] is very happy to meet as many friends as possible during his trip! We hope to collect his luggage with stickers, photos and trinkets from his time on the road, ”Unverzagt said.
The movement has already raised over $ 20,000 and aims to reach $ 35,000. Donations can be made on the ‘Mr. Vanderquack Mov’n for St. Jude Jeep Convoy ”on the St. Jude Fundraising website. A portion of the proceeds from merchandise sales on mrvanderquack.com will also benefit the Children’s Hospital.
By November, Mr Vanderquack is expected to be in Tennessee, where the convoy will pass through cities such as Knoxville, Johnson City, Morristown and, rightly so, Ducktown.
A GPS unit was sewn into the stuffed animal to track its progress on mrvanderquack.com.
There are many ways to participate in the event. Unverzagt invites people to share the mission on social media with #MrVanderQuack and #MoveforStJude, volunteer to be part of the convoy crossing the state and donate to St. Jude’s.
Visit mrvanderquack.com to sign up for email updates, track its route across the United States, and purchase merchandise. Her journey can also be followed on Instagram @mrvanderquack.