Members of the Oasis Medical Center were unable to hold their annual Walk for Life due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but that didn’t stop the organization from launching a new fundraiser.

Rubber Ducky Challenge began online two weeks ago, said one woman.

“We challenge everyone to help us fill the pool. With our donors’ help, we are filling a small swimming pool with hopefully, hundreds of rubber ducks. For every $25 donated, we will add one duck to the pool,” said Kelly Rhinehart, the marketing, event and volunteer coordinator for Oasis Medical Center.

According to Rhinehart, the Walk for Life is the second largest fundraising event for the year. Oasis relies on funds raised from it for annual operating expenses.

“Since the walk was canceled, staff members and volunteers brainstormed to find a fundraiser that would be fun, but would work in our current climate,” she said.

The organization has a goal to raise $50,000 during the challenge, which is 2,000 ducks, she said. So far $3,000 has been raised.

The fundraiser will last through the entire summer.

According to Rhinehart, the funds raised will go to Oasis’s services and programs which help couples who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

“Even though many aspects of our lives have been changed over the last few months, there are some that have not. This is a scary time in many of our clients’ lives. Our staff and volunteers walk alongside them to give them the information and encouragement they need to make wise choices during an emotional time,” said Rhinehart.

In order to keep Oasis running, donors play a key part in this by giving to the organization.

“All of our client services are free. We do not rely on government funding, but on individuals and churches to fund the work we do every day at Oasis,” she said. “God was of course at work. He gave this idea to a few of us and over time it became what is now.”

Many churches have also gotten involved in the new challenge.

“For added fun, donors can come by the center or one of our pickup locations, which can be found on our website. Then we ask them to find a fun way to include their duck in their daily routine,” said Rhinehart. “They can take it to work with them. They could carry a duck along on their next adventure, and then we ask that they post a pic on social media with the hashtag #omcchallenge.”

To participate in the event, go online to omcchallenge.com or text DUCK to 662-222-0220 to donate right now.

Those interested can also mail in your donation to Oasis Challenge; 2421 Proper Street; Corinth, MS 38834 or drop it off by the Center.

Staff Writer

Gabby Boyd is a native of Iuka and a graduate of the University of Souther Mississippi where she majored in broadcast journalism. She is a staff writer for the Daily Corinthian and an published fantasy fiction author.

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