There’s a couple of weeks left to get in on some action being offered by the Surry Sunrise Rotary Club.
On Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. the Rotary Club, one of two based in Mount Airy, will hold a one-of-a-kind fundraising event, which offers cash prizes up to $2,000. The inaugural Flight for Kids is a pigeon race which will benefit a local food program.
Riverside Park will play host to the “finish line” for the event, and a cookout will keep those with interests in the race entertained until pigeons finish their journey from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
A $100 donation buys an individual a ticket. The ticket secures two seats at the cookout and one bird in the race. The pigeons should fly into the pigeon loft shortly after the event kicks off. A random drawing, which will occur at Old North State Winery on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m., will assign birds to their sponsors.
The $100 investment could mean a nice payday for those with birds who finish at the front of the pack. The top bird will earn $2,000. Second place wins $1,000. Third will win $500, and whoever has the bird that finishes fourth will get his or her $100 back.
However, time to get in on the action is limited. Only 100 tickets will be sold.
While the three people with the fastest pigeons will win money, the real goal of the event is a big win for the fight against hunger.
As part of a Rotarians Unite to Stop Hunger program, the Surry Sunrise Rotary Club will financially help the Mount Airy and Surry County schools with both districts’ backpack food programs. In both programs, children who may be in need are sent home on the weekends with a bag filled with food.
The program helps to supplement the programs which feed children during the week, such as free breakfast and free lunch.
Surry Sunrise president Jeff Boyles said the unique idea made its way onto the agenda of his club when long-time Rotary member Steve Norman brought it up. Norman races pigeons.
According to Boyles the trip from the speedway is about 80 miles, and pigeons fly at about 40 mph. The race is an inaugural fundraiser, with the potential for future events.
“We are going to see how it works out,” said Boyles. “We are thinking it will become an annual event.”
Tickets for the pigeon race can be purchased from any Surry Sunrise Rotary member. A list of members is available at www.surrysunriserotary.org, and the organization can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Surrysunrise.
Additionally, Boyles may be reached by telephone at 786-3590.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.