Duck Rac­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Duck rac­ing of the rub­ber va­ri­ety, but not in the bath­tub. There are sev­eral big duck races held around the world. In th­ese events, peo­ple buy a duck (‘‘Adopt-a-Duck’’) and put their name on it. Then all the ducks are thrown into the river, and the first duck across the line down­stream is the win­ner. The money raised from sell­ing the ducks goes to char­i­ties. The Great Sin­ga­pore Duck Race is one of the big­gest, with 85,000 rub­ber ducks tak­ing to the Sin­ga­pore River, rais­ing in ex­cess of $1 mil­lion for lo­cal char­i­ties. In Septem­ber 2007, The Great Bri­tish Duck Race on the River Thames smashed the Guin­ness World Record for the ‘‘World’s Big­gest Char­ity Duck Race’’, with 165,000 ducks, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record by the Sin­ga­pore event which raced 123,500 ducks in 2001.

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