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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about our cause and how the duck race works.
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For 46 years, KinderMourn has provided help, hope, and healing to bereaved parents and grieving children. We provide counseling services for

parents who have experienced the death of a child and children grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved one. Our mission has

remained strong, and the heart of KinderMourn still beats for one purpose…to provide a safe haven for those who have suffered unimaginable


Why a Duck Race?

For 20 years, our Hope Floats Duck Race has brought KinderMourn families together to raise money to help others traveling the same road. This one-of-a-kind Duck Race at the Whitewater Center brings together people of all ages to watch thousands of brave rubber ducks rush through the rapids and share a meaningful afternoon where HOPE FLOATS and loved ones are honored.

Every adopted duck allows KinderMourn to continue its mission of providing a sanctuary and a safe haven to bereaved parents, grieving children, and teens who have suffered an unthinkable loss. Only with the support from the community can we continue to heal heartaches and provide hope.

Where is the event, and does it cost money to attend?

The event takes place at the Whitewater Center, located at 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214. The event is FREE to attend, but please note that the WWC charges $12 for parking.

  • Date: Sunday, April 28, 2024
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Sponsor Duck Race: 3:15 pm
  • Main Event Duck Race: 3:30 pm
  • Kids Zone
  • Duck Depot (t-shirts and other swag for purchase) - NOTE THAT DUCK DEPOT IS CREDIT ONLY, NO CASH ACCEPTED
  • Food is available for purchase from WWC venues (cash and credit accepted)
  • Parking is $12
  • Allow yourself AT LEAST 15 minutes to park - you don't want to miss the duck drop at 3:30 pm

How can I adopt ducks?

Adopt a six-quack or an entire raft! Start your own team or join an existing team! CLICK the Home or Teams tab above to get Quackin'!! The

more ducks you adopt, the better your chances of winning the GRAND PRIZE! But more importantly, the more ducks you adopt, the more

KinderMourn can bring help and hope to so many families in need.

How do I adopt a duck from a team?
Select the duck image on the front of the website or click the link underneath the duck image which will take you to the teams tab. Select your favorite team and then select the adopt a duck now button. The team will receive credit for the duck adoption but the adopted ducks are yours.

What is my tag number?

We can’t give you your tag number because we won’t know it until we run what we call a "Mix Report" right before the race. We want to make sure that no duck has any favor over another (they are all equally adorable) and that the race is not fixed in any way, so numbers are never given out. However, rest assured that all adopted ducks have a chance to win!

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck will be entered into our E-Quack database. This database stores all of your adoption information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you have adopted. Once a tag range is entered into E-Quack, the numbers will be randomly assigned to each adopted duck in the database. E-Quack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted next to Tag Numbers. Thus, if you adopted 6 ducks, you will have 6 different chances to win.

How will I know if my duck wins?

One of our KinderMourn Duck Race coordinators will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption.