Due to COVID-19, Manuels River launches its First Bobber Race 50/50 Lottery, with only 20 000 tickets available for sale online and an early bird prize of $5000.

July 2, 2020 – Conception Bay South, NL – Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Inc.

As a registered charity, Manuels River relies on four major community fundraising events each year: Trails to Oceans in June, Bobber Race Day in July, Chefs for Trails in Sept and Giv’er On the River in Oct. Unfortunately, this year due to the new public health restrictions, Manuels River may not be able to hold these annual events which involve gatherings of large groups. Despite the current pandemic, Manuels River must still raise sufficient funds to maintain and develop its widely used trail system. The challenge was how to do that.

Today, Janet Rumsey, Executive Director, on behalf of the Manuels River, announced the launch of the online Bobber Race 50/50 Lottery, which is taking place in lieu of the 30th Anniversary Bobber Race, originally planned for July 4th, 2020.
Due to pandemic restrictions, only residents of Newfoundland and Labrador ages 19+ are able to purchase lottery tickets and all tickets will be sold online at BobberRace5050.com. Tickets are $25 each, 3 for $60, 5 for $75 and 10 for $100. With only 20,000 tickets available there is a great chance to be the winner of a huge cash prize of half the jackpot. Tickets will be on sale until midnight Sept 9th date of Sept 30th. Tickets purchased by midnight July 30th get a chance at the early bird draw of $5,000 on August 13th.

During the COVID-19 health crisis, the incredible trails surrounding Manuels River have seen increased use by families for their physical and mental well being. Manuels River provides this beautiful, clean outdoor space FREE to everyone in the Province who wants to come and enjoy them. Manuels River maintains these busy trails with counts of over 300,000 people annually and diligently oversees their operation and preservation.

“We see people on our trails from sunrise to sunset. To ensure our ability to continue to maintain and develop our trails, we need this lottery to be a success; we invite everyone across our amazing province to buy their ‘Bobber’ tickets. This lottery will award a lucky Bobber Ticket holder $5000 from the early bird draw and the opportunity to “Catch the Cash” and win half the jackpot which has the potential to be over $250 000 dollars”, says Rumsey.


As a registered charity, Manuels River is grateful for the ongoing support from our community. At Manuels River we really want to continue to develop and maintain the trails we have already upgraded, this is a very exciting initiative to run our first Bobber Race 5050 Lottery. There are not many tickets; You in?

Janet Rumsey

Executive Director, Manuels River

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for options for safe and healthy outdoor activities that are free to the public. That’s why it’s so important for us at Manuels River to expand, develop and maintain our beautiful, fully accessible, walking trails. I’m so pleased that with this year’s new Bobber Race 50/50 Lottery anyone in the province can “Catch the Cash” and get a chance to win a huge cash prize while at the same time help to support the Manuels River trails!
Don Sword

Chair of the Board, Manuels River

The beautiful trails at Manuels River have been a blessing for all of us during Covid-19 providing families with a means to look after both their physical and mental well being. Manuels River operates, maintains and expands these trails and funds are needed to do so. The 50/50 Bobber race is a chance for you to Catch the Cash, a lot of cash, and help us raise the funds we need. You can’t win it if you are not in it. Are you in?
Gail Butler

Bobber Race 50/50 Lottery Co-Chair

Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Inc. is a NL non-profit corporation and Canadian registered charity, with a mandate to preserve and protect the natural heritage that is Manuels River, located within Conception Bay South, NL. Manuels River has developed and operates the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre and the Manuels River Trails system based on the goals of conservation, education and recreation.

For further information, contact: Janet Rumsey, Executive Director, Manuels River
Office: 709-834-2099 ext. 202 Email: janet.rumsey@manuelsriver.ca